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KIRK, Edward Norris, clergyman, born in New York city, 14 Aura'., 1802; died in Boston, Massachusetts, 27 March, 1874. He was of Scotch ancestry, and was educated at Princeton, where he was graduated in 1820. After studying law for eighteen months in New York city, he entered Princeton theological seminary and remained there four years, after which he was appointed agent of the Board of foreign missions, and travelled through the south in its behalf. In 1827 he was ordained assistant pastor of the 2d Presbyterian church in Albany, and in 1828 became pastor of the 4th Presbyterian church, which had been gathered by his labors in the revivals under Charles G. Finney. Mr. Kirk coincided with Mr. Finney's views, and in connection with Dr. Beman, of Troy, established a school of theology to train young men for service in the ministry as evangelists. In 1837 he resigned his pastorate, owing to impaired health, and went to Europe, preaching in London and Paris, where he aided in establishing the first American Protestant religious service. On his return he preached as an evangelist, but in June, 1842, he accepted the call of the newly organized Mount Vernon Congregational church, Boston, and remained there till 1871, when he resigned, owing to the infirmities of age. In 1856 he visited France for the purpose of erecting a chapel for American Protestants in Paris, the result of his labors there nearly twenty years before. He was president of the American missionary association and secretary of the Evangelical alliance. The degree of D.D. was conferred on him by Amherst in 1855. He was the author of a "Memorial of the Reverend John Chester, D.D." (Albany, 1829); "Lectures on Christ's Parables" (New York, 1856); " Sermons" (2 vols., 1840; Boston, 1860); "Canon of the Holy Scriptures" (abridged, 1862); and translations of Gaussen's "Inspiration of the Scriptures" (New York, 1842)" and Jean Frederic Astie's " Lectures on Louis XIV. and the Writers of his Age" (Boston. 1855). His " Lectures on Revivals " were edited by Reverend Daniel O. Mears (Boston, 1874).
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