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EDGAR, John Todd, clergyman, born in Sussex County, Del., 13 April 1792; died in Nashville, Tennessee, 13 November 1860. He removed with his parents to Kentucky early in life, and entered Transylvania University, Lexington, but was not graduated. He was graduated at Princeton theological seminary in 1816, and in 1817 ordained as a Presbyterian. He was pastor at Flemingsburg, and Maysville, Kentucky, in 1827, and Frankfort in 1827'33, where his preaching attracted much attention. Henry Clay said of him: "If you want to hear eloquence, listen to John T. Edgar." He became pastor of the 1st Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1833, and remained there till his death. At one time he edited the " American Presbyterian," published at Nashville. He was much beloved in Nashville by people of all denominations, and on the day of his funeral there was a general suspension of business in the City, by proclamation of the mayor.
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