Westervelt, Samuel D
Westervelt, Samuel D.
a Presbyterian minister, was born in Schralenburg, N. J., April 21,1813. He was converted in his eighteenth year; educated in the New York University; studied theology privately; was licensed by the New York Classis; and ordained, October, 1839, as pastor of a church in King Street, N. Y, known as the True Reformed Dutch Church. In 1852 he transferred his ecclesiastical relation to the Second Presbytery of New York, and in 1853.was installed pastor of the Presbyterian Church at Yorktown, where lie continued to labor almost until the close of his life. He died Nov. 15, 1865. He was a good scholar, a clear and instructive preacher, and an acceptable writer. He published one of the best articles on dancing as a fashionable amusement that have ever appeared in print. It was quoted in all the religious journals, republished in London, and highly spoken of by the London press. See Wilson, Presb. Hist. Almanac, 1867, p. 215.