Archibald Alexander

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Theologian, Journalist, Minister(1772–1851)
Archibald Alexander was a Protestant clergyman and educator whose teachings, reviews and sermons gave him wide influence during his day.

Synopsis

Born in Virginia in 1772, Archibald Alexander was a Protestant clergyman and educator. The son of a farmer, he underwent a religious conversion in 1789, began to evangelize and became a fluent and persuasive preacher. Ordained in the Presbyterian faith, he served two terms as president of Hampden-Sidney College and became a professor at Princeton Theological Seminary in 1812, where remained for the rest of his life. He died on October 22, 1851, in Princeton, New Jersey.

Early Life

Archibald Alexander was born in South River, Rockbridge, Virginia, on April 17, 1772, the son of a merchant farmer. After undergoing a religious conversion in 1789, he began to evangelize, and proved to be a fluent and persuasive preacher.

Minister, Theologian and Writer

Ordained in the Presbyterian ministry (1794), Alexander served two terms as president of Hampden-Sidney College (1796-1801, 1802-1807). He became a professor at the newly established Princeton Theological Seminary (1812), where he would remain for the rest of his life. His teaching, along with a series of published essays, reviews, tracts and sermons, gave him wide influence among the Presbyterians of his time. 

Archibald Alexander died on October 22, 1851, in Princeton, New Jersey. He was survived by a daughter and six sons, three of whom became ministers.

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