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HALL, John, clergyman, born in County Armagh, Ireland, 31 July, 1829. He is of Scottish descent. He entered Belfast college at the age of thirteen, and, notwithstanding his extreme youth, was repeatedly Hebrew prize man. He was licensed to preach in 1849, and at once engaged in labor as missionary in the west of Ireland. In 1852 he was installed pastor of the 1st Presbyterian church at Armagh, and in 1858 was called to the church of Mary's Abbey (now Rutland square) in Dublin. He was an earnest friend of popular education, and received from the queen the honorary appointment of commissioner of education for Ireland. In 1867 he was a delegate from the general assembly of the Presbyterian church in Ireland to the Presbyterian churches of the United States, and after his return to Ireland he received a call to the Fifth avenue Presbyterian church in New York, which he accepted, entering upon his labors on 3 November, 1867. In 1875 a new church edifice was erected for him, at a cost of about $1,000,000, on the corner of Fifth avenue and Fifty-fifth street. In 1882 he was elected chancellor of the University of the city of New York. He was selected to deliver the funeral sermon of Chief-Justice Chase, who belonged to a different denomination. Dr. Hall is the author of "Family Prayers for Four Weeks" (New York, 1868); "Papers for Home Reading" (1871); "Familiar Talk to Boys"; "Questions of the Day" (1873); "God's Word through Preaching," Lyman Beecher lectures at Yale seminary (1875); "Foundation Stones for Young Builders" (Philadelphia, 1880); and "A Christian Home; How to Make and how to Maintain it" (1883).
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