Williston, Seth, Dd

Williston, Seth, D.D.

a Presbyterian minister, was born at Suffield, Conn., April 4, 1770. He studied at Dartmouth College, where he graduated in 1791. Having applied himself to the study of theology, he was licensed to preach Oct. 7. 1794, and was afterwards employed for some months in supplying, temporarily, several churches in Connecticut. After several years spent as a missionary in Vermont and New York, he was finally, in 1803, installed pastor of the Church of Lisle, N.Y., which he had, however, supplied for the preceding three or four years. Having in July, 1810, become pastor of the Presbyterian Church at Durham, he remained there eighteen years, when he received a dismission, at his own request, Dec. 22, 1828; and during the rest of his life he preached at various places, chiefly in New York state. After a life remarkable for earnestness and activity, he died at Guilford Center, Chenango Co., N.Y., March 2, 1851. Dr. Williston published the following volumes: An Address to Parents (1799): — Sermons on Doctrinal and Experimental Religion (1813): — A Vindication of Some of the Most Essential Doctrines of the Reformation (1817); Sermons on the Mystery of the Incarnation, etc. (1823): — Sermons Adapted to Revivals (1828): — Harmony of Divine Truth (1836): — Discourses on the Temptations of Christ (1837): — Christ's Kingdom Not of this World (1843), three discourses: — Lectures on the Moral Imperfection of Christians (1846): — Millennial Discourses (1848): — and a number of Pamphlets. See Sprague, Annals of the Amer. Pulpit, 4:141.

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