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religious leader , patriot

Alexander Macwhorter, religious leader, patriot.

Background

Macwhorter, Alexander was born on July 15, 1735 in New Castle County, Delaware, United States. Son of Hugh and Jane MacWhorter.

Education

Graduated from College of New Jersey (now Princeton), 1757. Studied theology under Review William Tennent, Freehold, New Jersey. Honorary Doctor of Divinity, Yale.

Career

Ordained to ministry Presbyterian Church, 1759. Pastor church, Newark, New Jersey, 1759-1807. Commissioned by Continental Congress to go to North Carolina to win over Loyalists, 1775.

Present at General George Washington’s council which recommended crossing Delaware River, 1778. Chaplain General Henry Knox’s brigade, 1778-1779. Forced to flee from British on many occasions because of his patriotic activities.

Helped frame constitution of Presbyterian Church in the United States, charter trustee of its general assembly, until 1803. Author: A Series of Sermons upon the Most Important Principles of Our Holy Religion, 1803. A Century Sermon, 1807.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Author: A Series of Sermons upon the Most Important Principles of Our Holy Religion, 1803. A Century Sermon, 1807.

Connections

Married Mary Cumming, October 1759.

father:
Hugh MacWhorter

mother:
Jane MacWhorter

spouse:
Mary Cumming