Sweetman, Joseph

Sweetman, Joseph a Presbyterian minister, was born at Freehold, Monmouth Co. N.J., March 9, 1774. His mother was a granddaughter of Walter Kerr, who was banished from Scotland for his unwavering adherence to Covenanter principles and his opposition to prelacy. When Joseph was about three months old, his parents removed to Charlton, Saratoga Co., N.Y. He graduated at Union College in 1797, being one of the three students that composed the graduating class, and receiving its first honors. He studied theology privately, was ordained by Albany Presbytery, and installed pastor of Salem Church, Washington Co., N.Y., Sept. 17,1800. On account of failing health, he resigned his pastoral charge Oct. 8,1817, and was never again installed pastor of a Church, but from that time till his death devoted himself to aiding young men in preparing for the ministry. He was the founder of the "Sweetman Scholarship" in Princeton Theological Seminary, N.J. He died Dec. 10, 1863. Mr. Sweetman was vigorous in intellect and eloquent in manner. He was a very benevolent man: that he might have to give, he was industrious, economical, and prudent. See Wilson, Presb. Hist. Almanac, 1863, p. 57; also 1864, p. 198.

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