Title Life of Edward Norris Kirk, D.D. By David O. Mears, A.M., Pastor of
Location Published 19TH-AM-MA-BOSTON-LOCKWOOD
Book Number 17203
MEARS, DAVID O. Life of Edward Norris Kirk, D.D. By David O. Mears, A.M., Pastor of the Piedmont Church, Worcester, Mass. Boston: Lockwood, Brooks, and Company, 381 Washington Street 1878 (c1877). Octavo. Bound in publisher's original dark maroon cloth with gilt lettering on spine and front cover, spine faded to a light tan, cloth tearing along hinge but with loose ends pasted back down, worn spine ends consolidated with flexible book glue, just wearing through cloth at one corner, a few mottled spots on front cover, dark brown endpapers--starting to split along inside front hinge but hinge is tight, very light tanning of pages. Pagination: (1) title, (1) copyright, [iii]-7 preface, (1) blank, -16 contents, 1-423pp, (1) blank, (8) bibliography Kirk's writings. Edward Norris Kirk, 1802-1874, "clergyman, pastor of Presbyterian & Congregational churches and promoter of revivals." A graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, he spent two years in the Middle and Southern states as agent for the Amer. Bd. of Comm. for Foreign Missions. He accepted pastorate of the Second Presbyterian Church, Albany, N.Y. in 1828. "Intensely evangelistic, plain-spoke, sometimes denunciatory, always uncompromising, his preaching was not acceptable to a fashionable congregation which included Martin Van Buren, Benjamin F. Butler, and William L. Marcy, and he was soon summarily dismissed. Some of his sympathizers then organized the Fourth Presbyterian Church of which he was installed pastor on April 21, 1829... In the eight years that followed the new church grew rapidly and its pastor became widely known as a promoter of revivals and a lecturer on behalf of missions, temperance, and the anti-slavery movement... Throughout the Civil War he was a fiery supporter of the Union, and when in 1865 the American Missionary Association was free to extend its work among the colored people of the South he was elected president."--Harris Elwood Starr in Dictionary of Amer. Biography, X:427-28.