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Ebenezer Pemberton
Founder of Princeton University

PEMBERTON, Ebenezer, clergyman, born in Boston, Massachusetts, in January, 1671 ; died there, 13 February, 1717. His father, James, was one of the founders of the Old South church, Boston. Ebenezer was graduated at Harvard in 1691, was tutor and fellow in that college, and from his ordination in 1700 till his death was pastor of the Old South church. He published a large number of occasional discourses, which, with three prefatory epistles, were printed collectively (Boston, 1727)

PEMBERTON, Ebenezer, son and clergyman, born in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1704; died there, 9 September, 1779, was graduated at Harvard in 1721, was chaplain at Fort William in 1722-'6, and in the latter year was ordained pastor of the 1st Presbyterian church in New York city, in which he continued for twenty-six years. He then took charge of the Brick church in Boston till 1775. His known friendship for Governor Thomas Hutchinson, who was a member of his congregation, caused him to be accused of loyalty to the crown, which diminished his popularity and usefulness. In 1771 he was the only minister in Boston who read the governor's proclamation from the pulpit, for the annual thanksgiving, the Whigs "walking out of the meeting in great indignation." 

In 1775 his church was closed, and he probably did not preach again after the evacuation. Princeton gave him the degree of D. D. in 1770, the first that the college ever conferred. He was an eloquent preacher, and is described as a " man of polite breeding, pure morals, and warm devotion," During his residence in New York he was president of the board of correspondents commissioned by the Society in Scotland for propagating Christian knowledge among the Indians. His publications include "Sermons on Several Subjects" (New York, 1738) ; "Practical Discourses" (1741); "Salvation by Grace, through Faith" (1741); and "Occasional Sermons" (Boston, 1771). -- Edited Appletons Encyclopedia, by Louis K. - Upper St. Clair High School, Copyright © 2001 VirtualologyTM


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Princetoniana - The Founding of Princeton
... making the governor of New Jersey ex-officio a trustee ... became Trustees of the College;
Edwards, its third ... 1750, probably by Ebenezer Pemberton. ...

Dickinson, Jonathan
... Weekly Post Boy by his long-time coworker for the College, Ebenezer Pemberton: Elizabethtown
in New Jersey, October 10. ``On Wednesday morning last, about four o ...

Princeton - Presidents of Princeton - Colonial Times
... help of three fellow pastors (Ebenezer Pemberton, Aaron Burr, Sr., and ... a Royal Charter
for the College of New Jersey dated October 22, 1746. ...

[ 1834]
... trustees of the college of New Jersey, is a copy ... 1745, convened at New Brunswick,
James Hude ... Messrs. John Pierson, Ebenezer Pemberton, Joseph Lamb ...

Early American Presbyterian Institutions
... Thus the Presbyterian College was founded, not ... Dickinson, John Pierson, Ebenezer Pemberton
and Aaron Burr ... Governor of New Jersey, and passed the ...

Governor Jonathan Belcher and Princeton University
... Messrs. John Pierson, Ebenezer Pemberton, Joseph Lamb, William ... trustees of the College;
who having ... the province of New-Jersey, and territories ...

Early American Paintings
... Museum, Montclair, New Jersey), recent scholarship ... Pemberton (Mrs. Ebenezer Pemberton),
about 1749 ... of Art, College of William ... to the New York portrait ...

The Princeton University Library Chronicle
... of, Biblia, X, 1 [4]. Pemberton, Ebenezer, XV:20. Penn, William, religious ... An Account
of the College of New Jersey (Woodbridge, 1764), VII:124 ...

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