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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).


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.


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.

John Washington United States

Helen Nesbit (Mount) N. (parents United States

Dorothy Russell Abbott

Patricia Elliott Nicely

William Abbott Nicely

John Washington Nicely