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Harris Elliott Kirk


Harris Elliott Kirk, American clergyman. Member Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Alpha Epsilon.


Kirk, Harris Elliott was born on October 12, 1872 in Pulaski, Tennessee, United States. Son of John Harvey and Katherine (McCord) Kirk.


Graduate Southwestern U., Memphis, Tennessee, 1897, Doctor of Divinity, 1905, Doctor of Laws, 1925. Doctor of Laws, Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina, 1937.


Julius Lane Wilson), Helen Lucretia (Mistress Harry J. Verner, Junior). Ordained Presbyterian ministry, 1897. Pastor Cottage Church, Nashville, Tennessee, 1897-1899, 1st Church, Florence, Alabama, 1899-1901, Franklin St. Church, Baltimore, Maryland., since 1901.

Annual lecturer on historical Christianity, Princeton University, 1923-1929, Goucher College, 1925-1928. Professor Biblical literature, Goucher, since 1928, lecturer General Conference Christian Workers, Northfield, 1917-1926, mission confs. in China, summer of 1924. Summer preacher Westminster Chapel, London, 1922-1940.

Sprunt lecturer Union Theological Seminary, Virginia, 1916. Carew lecturer Hartford Theological Seminary, 1916. Special lecturer on homiletics and psychology, Hartford Seminary, 1919-1924.

Alumni lecturer New Brunswick Theological Seminary, 1920. Faculty lecturer, McCormick Theological Seminary, 1922. University preacher Princeton, Yale, University of Virginia, etc.

Shepard lecturer Bangor Theological Seminary, 1928. Reinicker lecturer P.E. Seminary in Virginia, 1929. Cole lecturer, Vanderbilt, 1930.

Otts lecturer, Davidson College, 1930. McNair lecturer, University of North Carolina, 1931. Rockwell Lectures, Rice Institute, Houston, Texas, 1939.

Smith Lectures, Columbia Theological Seminary, 1946. Moderator Virginia Synod, 1911. Elected moderator General Assembly Presbyterian Church in the United States, 1928.


  • Other Work

    • Author: The Religion of Power, 1916. The Consuming Fire, 1919. One Generation to Another, 1924.The Spirit of Protestantism, 1930. The Glory of Common Things, 1930. Stars, Atoms and God, 1932.A Man of Property, 1935. A Design for Living, 1939. Also numerous articles in mags.


Member Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Clubs: University, P. and L., Arts and Letters.


Married Helen O. McCormick, June 24, 1897. Children: Harris Elliott, Mary Louise (wife of Doctor.

John Harvey Kirk

Katherine (McCord) Kirk

Helen O. McCormick

Harris Elliott Kirk

Mary Louise (wife of Dr Kirk