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Palmer, Benjamin Morgan, the elder 1781-1847

PALMER, Benjamin Morgan, clergyman, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 25 September, 1781 ; died in Charleston, South Carolina, 9 October, 1847. He was graduated at Princeton in 1800, studied theology in Charleston, and was licensed to preach by the Congregational association of ministers in South Carolina, continuing with this body until it was merged into the Charleston union presbytery in 1822. He was pastor for several years of the Presbyterian church in Beaufort, South Carolina, and from 1817 till 1835 of a church in Charleston. He received the degree of D. D. from the College of South Carolina in 1815. In addition to numerous sermons, he published "The Family Companion" (1835).--

His nephew, Benjamin Morgan, , clergyman, born in Charleston, South Carolina, 25 January, 1818, was the son of Reverend Edward Palmer, who, at his death in 1882, was the oldest minister of the southern Presbyterian church. He was graduated at the University of Georgia in 1838, and at the Theological seminary of Columbia, South Carolina, in 1841. He has held Presbyterian pastorates in Savannah, Georgia, and Columbia, South Carolina, and since 1856 has been in New Orleans, Louisiana In 1853-'6 he was professor of church history and polity in Columbia theological seminary, South Carolina, of which he was a director from 1842 till 1856. He has also been a director of the Southwestern Presbyterian university, Clarksville, Tennessee, since 1873, and of Tulane university, New Orleans, since its organization in 1882. He has frequently served as commissioner to the general assemblies of his denomination. He received the degree of D.D. from Oglethorpe university in 1852, and that of LL.D. from Westminster college, Fulton, Missouri, in 1870. Since 1847 he has been an editor and contributor to "The Southern Presbyterian Review," published in Columbia, South Carolina, of which journal he was a founder. In addition to numerous addresses and pamphlets, he is the author of " The Life and Letters of Reverend James Henley Thornwell, D.D., LL. D." (Richmond, 18'75) ; "Sermons" (2 vols., New Orleans, 1875-'6); and " The Family in its Civil and Churchly Aspects" (New York, 1876).

Annals of the American Pulpit, Volume 4 - 1860 (page 341)

Works published by Benjamin Morgan Palmer, the elder [1781-1847], uncle of B.M. Palmer [1818-1902]--

Believer's baptism, no argument against infant baptism a sermon delivered in the Independent Church, Beaufort (S.C.), (Charleston (S.C.) : Printed by J. Hoff, 1809), 14 p.

Infant baptism, a Gospel ordinance considered in two discourses on 1 Cor. VII ... delivered in the Independent Church, Beaufort (S.C.), (Charleston (S.C.) : Printed by J. Hoff, 1809), 14, 20, 8 p.

Gratitude and penitence, recommended from the united conisderation [i.e. consideration] of national mercies and judgments a sermon, delivered in the independent or Congregational Church, Charleston, South-Carolina, October 5, 1814 (Charleston [S.C.] : Printed by W.P. Young, 1814), 28 p. ; 19 cm.


The dejected Christian encouraged two discourses preached in the independent or Congregational church, Charleston, S.C., (Charleston, S.C. : Printed by J. Hoff, 1816), 21 p.
[The] signs of the times discerned and improved in two sermons delivered in the independent or Congregational church, Charleston, S.C. (Charleston, S.C. : Printed by J. Hoff, 1816), [12, 8] p.


A sermon delivered at the anniversary of the Sabbath School Association (Charleston, S.C.: Printed for the Association by J. Hoff, 1819), 18, 14pp.

Floyd, Loami, and Benjamin M. Palmer, Ministerial ordination a sermon preached in the circular church, Charleston, December 17, 1819, at the ordination of the Rev. Jonas King and the Rev. Alfred Wright (Charleston [S.C.] : Printed by T.B. Stephens, 1819), 20 p. [“to which is added the charge delivered on that occasion by Benjamin M. Palmer.”]


Importance of the ministerial office; a sermon preached in the Independent or Congregational Church of Charleston, S.C., January 3, 1821, at the ordination of the Rev. Messrs. Reynolds Bascom, Joseph Brown, Charles B. Storrs, Epaphras Goodman, and Elipha White; as evangelists (Charleston, Printed by T.B. Stephens, 1820), 30 p. 24 cm. [“To which is added a charge to the ministers ordained, by the Rev. Loami Floyd.”]


The harvest great; the laborers few. A sermon, preached in the Circular Church, Charleston, on sabbath evening, February 11, 1821, in aid of the funds of the South Carolina Auxiliary Education Society. ...[Gould and Riley, printers ... Charleston.] [S.C.] 1821), [1],2-12 p. 18 cm.

Religion profitable: with a special reference to the case of servants. A sermon preached on September 22, 1822, in the Circular Church, Charleston, S.C. (Charleston, S.C., J.R. Schenck, 1822), 21 p. 21 cm.
Good men the protection and ornament of a community. A sermon, delivered in the Independent or Congregational Church, in Charleston, S.C. February 19, 1826, on the occasion of the death of Josiah Smith, Esq. eldest deacon of the church. ... (Charleston, S.C. Printed by W. Riley ... 1826), [iii], iv-vi, [1],8-24 p. 21 cm.

A plain and easy catechism, designed chiefly for the benefit of coloured persons, to which are annexed suitable prayers and hymns. (Charleston [S.C.] Observer Office Press, 1828), 72 p. 18 cm.


The children of professing believers-- God's children, or, the right of the children of God's people to the initiating seal of the covenant : asserted and maintained, being the substance of a discourse delivered in the Independent, or Congregational Church, Charleston (S.C.) March 22, 1835 (Charleston : Observer Office Press, 1835), 32 p. ; 21 cm.


The family companion; or, Prayers for every morning and evening of the week, and for various special occasions; together with brief remarks on sundry passages of Scripture, with short prayers appropriate to each. (Charleston, Burges and James, printers, 1848), x, 347 p. 20 cm. [“To which have been appended, by request, a few sermons, from the pen of the lamented author.”]

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