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Robert Baird was an American clergyman and author.


He was born in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh, and graduated at Jefferson College in 1818 and at Princeton Theological Seminary in 1822.


Attended academic, Uniontown, Pennsylvania, 1813-circa 1815. Attended Washington, Jefferson colls., circa 1815-1819. Graduate Princeton Theological Seminary, 1822.


He taught at an academy at Princeton, New Jersey for five years while tutoring at the College of New Jersey and preaching occasionally. His survey of educational deficiencies eventually led to the introduction of a system of public education in New Jersey. In 1829 Baird became an agent for the American Sunday School Union and traveled extensively for the society.

On the formation of the Foreign Evangelical Society, since merged in the American and Foreign Christian Union, he became its agent and corresponding secretary. In 1842 while in Geneva, Baird wrote his Religion in America, first published in Glasgow. Baird revised and expanded this work through several printings in the United States with the edition of 1856 being the most complete.

Subsequently the history was translated into French, German, Dutch, and Swedish. In 1846 Baird visited Europe to attend the world's temperance convention in Stockholm and the meeting of the evangelical alliance in London, and on his return he delivered a series of lectures on the "Continent of Europe." In 1862 he vindicated in London before large audiences the cause of the union against secession with vigorous eloquence. A History of Temperance Societies in the United States (1836)\r\n Religion in America (1842).


  • Other Work

    • Author: History of Temperance Societies in the United States, 1836. Visit to Northern Europe, 1841. Religion in the United States of America, 1843.

      Sketches of Protestantism in Italy Past and Present, 1845.


Married Fermine DuBuisson, August 24, 1824.

Robert Baird

Elizabeth (Reeves) Baird

Fermine DuBuisson