Warren, Joseph W, Dd
Warren, Joseph W., D.D.
one of the oldest missionaries of the Presbyterian Board in India, was born at Brunswick, Maine, August 30, 1809. After a course of study at the academy at Plymouth, N.H., he learned the art of printing at Concord, and afterwards resumed his studies at Phillips Academy, Exeter, where he was converted, and soon after determined to devote himself to the work of the ministry. At the age of twenty-five he entered Lane Theological Seminary, and was one of the large body of students who left on account of the abolition excitement. He completed his studies at the Allegheny Seminary, where he connected himself with the Presbyterian Church. In October, 1828, in company with Messrs. Freeman and Scott, he left for India, where his knowledge of printing contributed to his great usefulness in superintending the press. He took with him and set up at Allahabad the first mission press ever established in India north of Serampore. He was much engaged in promoting the cause of education in India, and aided in establishing the highschool at Agra for European and Eurasian children. In 1853 he returned to the United States to make provision for the education of his children, and entered for a time upon pastoral work in Indiana. He served also as chaplain during the late civil war. In October 1872, he returned to India and completed a Grammar of the Urdu Dialect, and partially completed a translation of Gesenius's Hebrew Lexicon. The Reverend John S. Woodside, of Dehra, Northern India, in communicating the death of Dr. Warren, writes, among other things, "Throughout his illness his constant prayer was for patience, that he might have grace to endure all he had to suffer. He did not desire that his life should be unduly prolonged, but. his prayer was, 'Come, Lord Jesus, and come quickly."' He died at Morar Gutalior, March 7, 1879. (W.P.S.)