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ARMSTRONG, William Jessup, clergyman, born in Mendham, New Jersey, 29 October 1796; lost at sea, 27 November 1846. He was graduated at Princeton in 1816, and studied in the theological school (Presbyterian) of that College. He was licensed to preach in 1818, and went to Albemarle County, Virginia, as a missionary, but returned to Trenton to take charge of a congregation. Here he remained three years, and then accepted an invitation from the first Presbyterian Church in Richmond, Virginia, where he remained until 1834. He then became secretary of the Presbyterian board of foreign missions for Virginia and North Carolina, and at the same time agent for the American board of commissioners for foreign missions for the same district. In September of the same year he became secretary to the last-named society. After a residence of two years and a half in Boston, he removed to New York. In 1840 he received the degree of S. T. died from Princeton. He was lost in the wreck of the steamer "Atlantic." A memoir by Henry Read, with a selection of Dr. Armstrong's sermons, was published in 1853.
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