Wallace, Jonathan, Md

Wallace, Jonathan, M.D.

a Universalist minister, was of Scotch descent, born at Peterborough, N. H., March 20, 1784. He removed with his father to Berlin, Vt., in 1795, where he received a good common-school education, and taught school for several years; studied medicine in his young manhood and for some time followed the medical profession, and finally embraced Universalism, and in 1815 began preaching. His first fields of labor were Richmond, Williston, and Jericho, Vt. He was married in 1820. In the winter of 1822-23 he moved to Potsdam, N.Y., where for several years he stood almost alone as a preacher of Universalism, his circuit embracing Canton, Madrid, Pierrepont, Hopkinton, Malone, Bangor, and Potsdam, in which latter place he was pastor over twenty years. In 1837 he began in Potsdam the publication of a semimonthly Universalist paper, which, not paying expenses, was soon dropped. He was afterwards associate editor of The Evangelical Magazine and Gospel Advocate at Utica, N.Y. He went to Boston in 1828 to be treated for epilepsy; preached there about a year, spent his latter years in Potsdam, and died April 6, 1873. Mr. Wallace was a close, original thinker, and very tenacious of his opinions. He left many manuscripts, including a volume of original hymns for public worship. He devoted much of his time preparing young men for the ministry. See Universalist Register, 1874, p. 125.

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