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The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans
Biographies of Notable Americans, 1904



With more than thirty thousand entries, this encyclopedia of important Americans spans the history of the nation from the first arrivals in the 17th Century through the end of the 19th Century. Rich in detail, each entry includes a short family history and a record of the important accomplishments of the individual.

Source Information: Biographies of Notable Americans, 1904 [database online]. Orem, UT:, Inc., 1997. Original data: Johnson, Rossiter, ed. Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans. Volumes I-X. Boston, MA: The Biographical Society, 1904.


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HALSEY, Luther, educator, was born in Schenectady, N.Y., Jan. 1, 1794; son of Luther and Abigail (Foster) Halsey, and brother of the Rev. Job Foster Halsey, who was born in Schenectady, July 12, 1800; graduated at Union in 1819; held various Presbyterian pastorates and church appointments; was agent for the American bible and tract societies; a professor at Marion college, Mo., 1835-36, and died in Morristown, Pa., March 7, 1881.

Luther was graduated from Union in 1812, studied medicine, and finally theology under the tuition of the Rev. Dr. John Johnson of Newburg, N.Y. On Aug. 7, 1816, he was ordained pastor of a Prebyterian church at Blooming Grove, N.Y. He was professor of natural philosophy at the College of New Jersey, 1824-29; professor of theology at the Western theological seminary, Allegheny, Pa., 1829-36, and professor of ecclesiastical history and church polity at Auburn theological seminary, 1837-44.

He then served his old pastorate at Blooming Grove for several years; was instructor in church history at Union theological seminary, 1847-50; resided at Hammonton, N.J., 1850-70; and during the civil war was adjutant in a New Jersey regiment of volunteers. He filled the post of lecturer extraordinary in practical theology at Allegheny, Pa., 1872-77, and was professor emeritus, 1877-80. Washington college gave him the honorary degree of D.D. in 1831, and that of LL.D. in 1871. He died in Norristown. Pa., Oct. 29, 1880.


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