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Richard Salter Storrs was an American Congregational clergyman.


He was born in Braintree, Massachusetts, on the 21st of August 1821. He bore the same name as his grandfather (1763–1819), pastor at Longmeadow, Massachusetts, from 1785 to 1819, and his father (1787–1873), pastor at Braintree, Massachusetts, from 1811 to 1873 (except the years 1831-1836), both prominent Congregational ministers, who were descendants of Richard Mather.


He graduated at Amherst in 1839, studied law in Boston under Rufus Choate, graduated at Andover Theological Seminary in 1845.


He was pastor of the Harvard Congregational church of Brookline, Massachusetts, in 1845-1846, and of the Church of the Pilgrims in Brooklyn, New York, from 1846 until shortly before his death.

He was a conservative in theology, and an historical writer of considerable ability. From 1848 to 1861, he was associate editor of the New York Independent, which he had helped to establish.


  • Dr Storrs's more important published works were: John Wyclijfe and the First English Bible, The Recognition of the Supernatural in Letters and in Life, Bernard of Clairvaux (1892), and Foundation Truths of American Missions (1897).



Quotations: "God forgives not capriciously, but with wise, definite, Divine pre arrangement; forgives universally, on the grounds of atonement and on the condition of repentance and faith. "

"Look back to the cross, and the disciples gazing on it in terror from afar, and then look around on the nations that are influenced by the faith that there centres--and note the change! Then take these elements, established in history, and calculate the orbit Christianity is to fill. "

"I verily believe that the kingdom of God advances more on spoken words than it does on essays written and read; on words, that is, in which the present feeling and thought of the teaching mind break into natural and forceful expression. "

"Whether you do your work with notes or without them, do it courageously, earnestly, with devotion; with a glad sense of the greatness of it, and a full consecration of every force and faculty to it. "

"Always carry with you into the pulpit a sense of the immense consequences which may depend on your full and faithful presentation of the truth. "


From 1887 to 1897 he was president of the American board of commissioners for foreign missions, and he was prominent in the Long Island Historical Society.


His great-grandfather, John Storrs, a chaplain in the Continental Army, had been pastor of the Southold Church in 1763-1776 and in 1782-1787.

John Storrs

He was born in 1733 ands died in 1799.