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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Webster, Richard 1811-1856

Richard Webster was born at Albany, New York, in 1811. His father, Charles R. Webster, was a bookseller and publisher of a leading newspaper in Albany. Webster graduated from Union College in 1829 and from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1834. He was appointed to India by the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, but for some reason never went. In 1835, after brief missionary work at South Easton, PA, Webster began preaching at Mauch Chunk, PA, serving as pastor and doing missionary work throughout the surrounding coal regions until his death in 1856. Webster was instrumental in the creation of the Presbytery of Luzerne by the General Assembly as a missionary presbytery. At the request of the General Assembly, Webster compiled A Digest of the Acts of the Supreme Judicatory of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America...(1850). After years of research he completed his A History of the Presbyterian Church in America from its Origins to the Year 1760 with Biographical Sketches of Its Early Ministers, which was published posthumously (1857), the first publication of The Presbyterian Historical Society. He also published extensively in such religious periodicals as The Presbyterian, The New York Observer, and The Watchman of the South, under the signature "K.H." (Mauch Chunk).

The First Presbyterian Church of Mauch Chunk (ancestry web site)

History of the First Presbyterian Church, of Mauch Chunk, Pa. .. (1895) - Webster, Elizabeth

A History of the Presbyterian Church in America : From Its Origin Until the Year 1760 (1857) - Webster, Richard, 1811-1856
"With biographical sketches of its early ministers, by the Rev. Richard Webster ... With a memoir of the author, by the Rev. C. Van Rensselaer, D.D. and an historical introduction, by the Rev. William Blackwood, D.D. Pub. by authority of the Presbyterian historical society."
A history of the Presbyterian church in America : from its origin until the year 1760 *1858) - Webster, Richard, 1811-1856
Includes biographical index and list of subscribers

Biographical Sketch of Rev. Richard Webster

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