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PALMER, Benjamin Morgan, clergyman, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 25 September, 1781 ; died in Charleston, South Carolina, 9 October, 1847. He was graduated at Princeton in 1800, studied theology in Charleston, and was licensed to preach by the Congregational association of ministers in South Carolina, continuing with this body until it was merged into the Charleston union presbytery in 1822. He was pastor for several years of the Presbyterian church in Beaufort, South Carolina, and from 1817 till 1835 of a church in Charleston. He received the degree of D. D. from the College of South Carolina in 1815. In addition to numerous sermons, he published "The Family Companion" (1835).--His nephew, Benjamin Morgan, , clergyman, born in Charleston, South Carolina, 25 January, 1818, was the son of Reverend Edward Palmer, who, at his death in 1882, was the oldest minister of the southern Presbyterian church. He was graduated at the University of Georgia in 1838, and at the Theological seminary of Columbia, South Carolina, in 1841. He has held Presbyterian pastorates in Savannah, Georgia, and Columbia, South Carolina, and since 1856 has been in New Orleans, Louisiana In 1853-'6 he was professor of church history and polity in Columbia theological seminary, South Carolina, of which he was a director from 1842 till 1856. He has also been a director of the Southwestern Presbyterian university, Clarksville, Tennessee, since 1873, and of Tulane university, New Orleans, since its organization in 1882. He has frequently served as commissioner to the general assemblies of his denomination. He received the degree of D.D. from Oglethorpe university in 1852, and that of LL.D. from Westminster college, Fulton, Missouri, in 1870. Since 1847 he has been an editor and contributor to "The Southern Presbyterian Review," published in Columbia, South Carolina, of which journal he was a founder. In addition to numerous addresses and pamphlets, he is the author of " The Life and Letters of Reverend James Henley Thornwell, D.D., LL. D." (Richmond, 18'75) ; "Sermons" (2 vols., New Orleans, 1875-'6); and " The Family in its Civil and Churchly Aspects" (New York, 1876).
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