Guide to the Sermon Book of John McDowell Presbyterian Minister 1816 MG 899
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1816 MG 899
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Inventory prepared by Laura Ruttum as part of the “Farm to City” project funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Finding aid encoded by Danielle Kovacs. March 2004. Production of the EAD 2002 version of this finding aid was made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Finding aid written in English.
John McDowell (1780-1863) served as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Elizabethtown, New Jersey from 1804 until 1833. Following his time at the First Presbyterian Church, he served at the Central Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia. Over the course of his career, Reverend McDowell served as trustee to Princeton University, Director of the Princeton Theological Seminary, both Permanent and Stated Clerk for the Presbyterian Church General Assembly, Professor at the Theological Seminary at Allegheny, Pennsylvania, and Profesor at the Union Theological Seminary of Virginia. Reverend McDowell was also the author of the first Bible class questions that were ever published, in addition to several other publications.
Reverend McDowell was born in Lamington, New Jersey on September 10, 1780 to Matthew and Elizabeth Anderson McDowell. He was the grandson of Ephraim McDowell, who immigrated from the north of Ireland in 1746, his ancestors having fled from Scotland in the preceding century.
Reverend McDowell studied under Reverend William Boyd, then in 1799 entered the junior class at the College of New Jersey, (now Princeton University) from which he graduated in 1801. He studied theology under Reverend Holloway W. Hunt of Newton, and John Woodhull of Freehold. In December of 1804 he was ordained as pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Elizabethtown, New Jersey, (now Elizabeth) and on February 5, 1805 married Henrietta Kollock in Newark. In 1818, he received the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity from the University of North Carolina and Union College.
Reverend McDowell served as pastor of the Elizabeth Presbyterian Church until 1833, after which time he became pastor to the Central Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, where he served until his death in Philadelphia in 1863.
This collection consists of a notebook containing outlines for sermons delivered in Elizabethtown, New Jersey from September 1, 1816 to November 24, 1816. The notebook was hand-sewn in a newspaper cutting from Elizabethtown, published in the summer of 1816; the majority of the sections in this clipping are dated July 15, 1816.
The Biblical chapters from which Reverend McDowell preached are noted at the top of each entry, and include Corinthians, Matthew, Philippians, Exodus, Song of Solomon, and Genesis.
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For related materials in print on John McDowell, see:
Sinclair, Donald A. (1993) A New Jersey Biographical Index. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., p. 488.
Sprague, William B. (1864). Memoirs of the Reverend John McDowell, D.D., and the Reverend William A. McDowell, D.D. New York: Carter & Brothers.
For related collections on John McDowell at the New Jersey Historical Society, see:
For related collections on John McDowell at other institutions, see:
McDowell, John. (1854). Fifty years a pastor : semi-centenary discourse, delivered in the Spring Garden Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, December 31, 1854. Philadelphia: Joseph M. Wilson. Held in Rare Books at Princeton University.
McDowell, John. (1822). Questions on the Bible for the Use of Schools. Elizabethtown: Mervin Hale. Held in Rare Books at Princeton University.
McDowell, John. (1830). Sermon…Human Depravity and its Remedy. Elizabethtown. Pamphlet held in Rare Books at Princeton University.
McDowell, John. (1809). Sermon on Horse Racing; preached in the Presbyterian Church, Elizabet-town, September 17, 1809. Elizabethtown. Held in Rare Books at Princeton University.
McDowell, John. (1825). Theology: in a Series of Sermons in the Order of the Westminster Shorter Catechism. Elizabethtown; Mervin Hale. Held in Rare Books at Princeton University.
Presbyterian Church General Assembly. (1837). Pastoral and circular letters of the General Assembly of 183. Philadelphia : L.R. Bailey. Held in Rare Books at Princeton University.
The source of this collection is unknown.
This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 899, John McDowell Sermon Book, The New Jersey Historical Society.