Wallace, Benjamin John, Dd
Wallace, Benjamin John, D.D.
an eminent Presbyterian divine, was born at Erie, Pa., June 10, 1810. He made a profession of religion when in his twelfth year; received an appointment of a cadetship to the West Point Military Academy, N.Y., in 1827; graduated at the Princeton (N.J.) Theological Seminary in 1832; was licensed by the Donegal Presbytery the same year; ordained by the Muhlenburg Presbytery as pastor of the Church at Russellville, Ky., in 1834; became pastor of the Church at York, Pa., in 1837; was elected professor of languages in Newark College, Del., in 1846, where he was faithful as an instructor; chosen editor of the Presbyterian Quarterly Review in 1852, and for ten years he sustained it with great ability. This was the most important labor of his life. Much of the interest of the Review was created by his own articles. In all his reviews of books and editorials there were an earnestness, a vivacity, and a freshness that made them readable, and some were marked by great eloquence and power. He wrote all the book-notices during the ten years of his editorial charge, and forty- one articles: on various subjects. He published two single Sermons, and was a contributor to the Bibliotheca Stator, etc. He died July 25, 1862. See Wilson, Presb. Hist. Almanac, 1863, p. 311; Allibone, Dict. of Brit. and Amer. Authors, s.v.; Presb. Quar. Rev. Oct. 1862, p. 284-305. (J.L.S.S.)