Westcott, William Augustus

Westcott, William Augustus a Presbyterian minister, was born in Orange County, N.Y., in 1814. After receiving an academical education, including the languages, he became a clerk in a mercantile house in New York City. While thus employed he united with the Church, and soon after turned his attention to the ministry; but not being able to bear the expense of an education, he studied medicine. He was, however, dissatisfied, feeling it his duty to preach. His way was opened to enter Princeton Seminary, which he did in 1841, and spent there two years in study. On April 17, 1845, he was licensed to preach, and for some time supplied the pulpit of the F Street Church, Washington, D. C., and afterwards that of the Church of Ramapo, N. Y. He was ordained an evangelist by the Hudson Presbytery, and was called to the Church at Florida, where he was installed pastor in 1849. Here he labored eleven years with marked success. At the dissolution of the pastorate he was called to the Church at Bloomingburg, where he was installed in 1868. After laboring here three years, he was called to the Centreville Church, and he remained here until he died. Feb. 23, 1876, beloved and regretted by all. (W. P. S.)

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