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Harold Elliott Nicely

Harold Elliott Nicely, Syrian clergyman. Recipient honorary citation University of Chicago Alumni Association, 1946; delegate Conference on Faith and Order of World Council Churches, Lund, Sweden, 1952.


  • Nicely, Harold Elliott was born on December 24, 1900 in Beirut, Syria. Son of John Washington and Helen Nesbit (Mount) N. (parents United States citizens).

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Arts, Univercity Chicago, 1921. Th.B., Princeton Theological Seminary, 1924, A.M., Princeton, 1924. Graduate student Westminster College, Cambridge, England, 1924-1925.

      Doctor of Divinity, Washington and Jefferson College, 1941.


    • Ordained to ministry Presbyterian Church, 1924. Pastor Westminster Church, Wilmington, Delaware, 1926-1930, Central Brick Church, East Orange, New Jersey, 1930-1938, Brick Church, Rochester, since 1938. Lecturer homiletics Colgate-Rochester Division School, since 1942.


    • Author: What Religion Does to Men, 1936.


    Denomination: Presbyn


    Member of committee of direction Federal Council Churches Commision on Just and Durable Peace. Member; member general board National Council Churches of Christ in United States of America Trustee Princeton Theological Seminary. Member Rochester Chamber of Commerce (trustee), Psi Upsilon, Phi Beta Kappa.

    Clubs: Genesee Valley, Rochester Country, Rochester City (president 1945-1946), Pundits (Rochester).


    • Married Dorothy Russell Abbott, June 26, 1926. Children: Patricia Elliott, William Abbott, John Washington.
    • father: John Washington United States
    • mother: Helen Nesbit (Mount) N. (parents United States
    • spouse: Dorothy Russell Abbott
    • children: Patricia Elliott Nicely
    • William Abbott Nicely
    • John Washington Nicely
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    Born December 24, 1900
    Died June, 1954
    (aged 53)