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Presbyterian minister , Master , Chaplain of the Continental

George Duffield was a leading nineteenth-century New School Presbyterian minister who bore the same name as his father and grandfather.


Duffield, George was born on July 4, 1794 in Strasburg, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of George and Faithful (Slaymaker) Duffield.


Duffield graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1811. He studied theology in New York City under the preceptorship of John M. Mason and was licensed to preach by the Presbytery of Philadelphia in 1815.


Duffield's grandfather, George Duffield, had been Chaplain of the Continental Congress. He was the father of William Ward Duffield, Henry M. Duffield, and George Duffield, Jr.\r\n He soon settled in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, where he ministered nineteen years. There he wrote and published a book entitled "Regeneration" which caused some of the controversy leading to the Old School-New School Controversy that split the church in 1837.

There he grew disenchanted with the revivalist techniques of Finney and began to oppose his ministry. In 1847 he led the Detroit Presbytery to adopt a statement which censured Finney, entitled "A Warning Against Error."\r\n He was appointed to the Board of Regents of the University of Michigan on which he served ten years. His influence extended over the whole state of Michigan and made use of the press as well as the pulpit.

He was learned in Latin, Greek, Hebrew, French, and German as well as English. He was a master of the sciences and had an unfailing memory. Duffield died as he had wished, "in the harness," two days after addressing the 1868 International Convention of the Young Men's Christian Association at Detroit, where he paused suddenly, in the midst of his address, and fell with a cry of distress into the arms of those standing near him.

His death was mourned throughout Detroit.


  • Other Work

    • Author: The Principles of Presbyterian Discipline, 1835. The Bible Rule of Temperance, 1858.


Married Isabella Graham Bethune.

George Duffield

Faithful (Slaymaker) Duffield

Isabella Graham Bethune.