Thurston, David, Dd
Thurston, David, D.D.
a Congregational minister, was born in Georgetown, Mass., Feb. 6,1779. He was the uncle of the Rev. R. B. Thurston and half-brother of the Rev. Stephen Thurston, D.D. He graduated at Dartmouth College in 1804, and was ordained at Winthrop, Me., in 1807, where he remained pastor until 1851, with no intermission except the year in which he was agent for the American Antislavery Society (1837), and the four months in 1850 when he attended the Peace Congress in Frankfort, Germany. During the remainder of his life he labored four years each at Vassalborough, Searsport, and Litchfield, Me. He died at the latter place, May 7, 1865. Dr. Thurston was a man of eminent piety, an earnest speaker, and no mean theologian. In 1819 he declined a professorship in Bangor Theological Seminary, and in 1853 wished to decline the degree of D.D. from Dartmouth College. He published twenty-two sermons, some in pamphlet form and some in periodicals: —Growth in Grace: —History of Winthrop (247 pp.): —Letters of a Father to a Son: —and newspaper articles without number. See Cong. Quarterly, 1867, p. 313-328.