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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, Leroy Jones, clergyman, was born near Richmond, Va., Jan. 28, 1812; son of John and Lucy Halsey; and of Puritan descent, his first American ancestor having settled in Southampton, Long Island, N.Y. before 1640.

His father was born in Edenton, N.C., and removed to Huntsville, Ala., in 1817, where Leroy was fitted for college. He was graduated from the University of Nashville in 1834, was tutor of Latin and Greek there, 1835-37, and then entered Princeton theological seminary where he was graduated in 1889. He was stated supply at Cahaba, Pisgah and Centre Ridge, Ala, 1841-42; was ordained a Presbyterian clergyman, March 21, 1848, and was pastor at Jackson, Miss., 1848-48, and of the Chestnut Street church, Louisville, Ky., 1848-59.

In 1859 he was elected by the General assembly to the chair of homiletics, church policy and pastoral theology in the newly established Theological seminary of the northwest, afterward McCormick theological seminary, and was made professor emeritus in 1881, continuing active duties as professor of church government till 1892. He was stated supply at the South church, Chicago, Ill., 1861-62, and associate editor of the Presbyterian Expositor, 1859-61; the Northwestern Presbyterian, 1869-70, and the Interior 1876-84. He wrote the first Thanksgiving proclamation by the governor of a southern state, issued in 1844, by Gov. Albert G. Brown of Mississippi.

He was married in 1844 to Caroline Augusta, daughter of Col. Robert Anderson of Pendleton, S.C., and granddaughter of Gert. Robert Anderson, one of the "partisan" leaders in the Revolution; and their son, John J., became professor of political and social science in Lake Forest university; Edward A., a member of the Chicago bar, and Leroy, superintendent of school in Battle Creek, Mich. He received the degree of D.D. from Hanover college in 1858, and that of LL.D. from the Southwestern Presbyterian university in 1880.

His published works include: Literary Attractions of the Bible (1858); Beauty of Immanuel (1860); Life Pictures from the Bible (1862); Life and Works of Dr. Philip Lindsley (3 vols., 1866); Life and Sermons of the Rev. Lewis E. Green, D.D. (1871); Living Christianity (1881); and Scotland's Influence on Civilization (1885). He died in Chicago, Ill., June 18, 1896.


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