Graduate Hamilton College, 1820, Princeton Theological Seminary, 1824.
Pastor Presbyterian Church, Morristown, New Jersey, 1824-1830, First Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, 1830-1870. Became center of controversy when he denied doctrine of original sin in sermons, suspended from ministry by Synod, 1836-1837, restored to pastorate after vindication by Synod under control of New School Presbyns. (at time of nat. split between Old and New School Presbyns.).
Active in causes of abolition, prohibition, Sunday School establishment, during following decades. Worked to achieve reconciliation 2 factions of Presbyns. in 1869. Trustee Union Theological Seminary Author: Notes, Explanatory and Practical (commentaries on New Testament), 11 vols., 1832-1853.
Lectures on the Evidences of Christianity, 1868.
Notes on the Epistle of the Romans
Notes on the New Testament
Practical Sermons for Vacant Congregations and Families (1841)
Scriptural Views of Slavery (1846)
Closest Companion (1854)
How Shall Man Be Just with God (1854)
Miscellaneous Essays and Reviews (1855)
Way of Salvation Illustrated in a Series of Discourses (1855)
The Church and Slavery (1857)
Life at Three Score (1858)
Inquiries and Suggestions in Regard to the Foundation of Faith in the Word of God (1859)
The Atonement in Its Relation to Law and Moral Government (1859)
Lectures on the Evidences of Christianity in the Nineteenth Century (1868)
Notes to the Old Testament (1870)
Life at Three Score and Ten (1871)
Married Abby Smith.