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ERSKINE, Mason, clergyman, born in New York City, 16 April 1805; (t. there. 14 May 1851. He was graduated at Dickinson in 1823, while his father, Rev. John M. Erskine, was president of that institution, and studied theology in Baltimore. The 2d Presbytery of New York licensed him to preach in 1826, and in May 1827, was installed pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Schenectady. He was then called to the pastorate of Bleecker Street Presbyterian Church in New York, and was installed on 10 September 1830. In February 1836, he became professor of ecclesiastical history in Union theological seminary, New York, and held that chair till 1842. He published several sermons, and after his death a collection of them appeared under the title " A Pastor's Legacy," with a biographical memoir by Rev. William Adams (New York, 1853).
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