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VAN DYKE, Henry Jackson, clergyman, born in Abingdon, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, 2 March, 1822. He was graduated at the University of Pennsylvania in 1843 and at Princeton theological seminary in 1845, was ordained to the ministry of the Presbyterian church the same year, and was pastor in Bridgeton, New Jersey, in 1845-'52, and in Germantown, Pennsylvania, in 1852-'3. At the last date he was called to the 1st Presbyterian church in Brooklyn, New York, which charge he continues to hold. The University of Missouri gave him the degree of D.D. in 1860. He is an effective speaker and lecturer, and is popular as a pastor, occupying a high place in the Presbyterian church as an authority on doctrine and discipline. He was active in 1870 in the movement for the reunion of the northern and southern branches of that body, and moderator of the General assembly in 1876.--His son, Henry Jackson, clergyman, born in Germantown, Pennsylvania, 10 November, 1852, was graduated at Princeton in 1873, and at the Theological seminary there in 1877. He became corresponding editor of the Philadelphia " Presbyterian" in 1876, edited the "Princeton Book," arid was licensed to preach the same year. He studied at the University of Berlin in 1877, became pastor of the United Congregational church, Newport, Rhode Island, in 1878, and since 1882 has been in charge of the Brick (Presbyterian) church, New York city. Princeton gave him the degree of D. D. in 1884. He has published "The Reality of Religion" (New York, 1884), and many contributions to periodicals, including a series of articles on "Gospel History in Italian Painting."
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