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PHILLIPS, William Wirt, clergyman, born in Florida, New York, 23 September, 1796; died in New York city, 20 March, 1865. He was graduated at Union in 1818, and studied for the ministry in the Associate Reformed theological seminary in New York city, and then in the Theological seminary of the Reformed Dutch church in New Brunswick, New Jersey He was ordained pastor of the Pearl street Presbyterian church in New York city in 1818, and remained there until 1826, when he was transferred to the congregation that was then worshipping in Wall street. He continued with this church after its removal to Fifth avenue, and was its pastor until his death. In 1826 he received the degree of S. T. D. from Columbia, and he was a trustee both of Princeton and the University of the city of New York. He became a director in 1825, and a trustee in 1829 of the theological seminary in Princeton, and was president of the board of directors in 1861-'5. On its organization in 1837 he was made chairman of the executive committee of the board of foreign missions, and during the last years of his life he was its president. He was often a member of the general assembly, and in 1835 its moderator. Dr. Phillips likewise held other trusteeships to important institutions, including the Leake and Watts orphan asylum and the Sailors' Snug Harbor. Chiefly through the liberality of his friend, James Lenox, the Phillips memorial church was erected in Madison avenue, New York.
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