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Morgan Palmer was born in Charleston, SC
on January 25, 1818 to parents Edward and Sarah
Bunce Palmer. He later attended Amherst College,
1832-34, taught from 1834-36, attended the University
of Georgia in 1838 and Columbia Theological Seminary
from 1839-41. He was licensed to preach in 1841
by Charleston Presbytery and ordained in 1842 by
Georgia Presbytery. His first pastorate was at the
First Presbyterian Church of Savannah, GA, 1841-42.
From there he pastored the First Presbyterian
of Columbia, SC from 1843-55, served as a professor
at Columbia Theological Seminary from 1853-56,
and finally assumed the post of his last church,
First Presbyterian of New Orleans, in 1856, serving
there until his death in 1902. He was struck by
a street car on 5 May 1902 and died on 25 May
Dr. Palmer preached the
opening sermon at the first General Assembly of
the Presbyterian Church U.S. and served as Moderator
of that first Assembly (4 Dec 1861). His published
works include: Life and Letters of J.H. Thornwell;
the Family in Its Civil and Churchly Aspects;
Theology of Prayer; the Broken Home or Lessons
in Sorrow; Formation of Character; and two volumes
of Sermons. Most of these titles remain in print
to this day.
information redrafted from the entry in the Ministerial
Directory of the Presbyterian Church, U.S., 1861
- 1941, (Austin, TX: Press of Von Boeckmann-Jones
Co., 1942), page 551.
Benjamin Morgan Palmer was a clergyman born
in Charleston,South Carolina. He was educated
at Amhearst,the University of Georgia, and
the Columbia Theological Seminary. After pastoring
a church in South Carolina and teaching at
Columbia Seminary, Palmer came to New Orleans
in 1856 to pastor the First Presbyterian Church.
He was a proponent of slavery and secession,
spending the Civil War preaching to Confederate
troops. Palmer was an eloquent and influential
speaker whose speech against the Louisiana
Lottery is said to have doomed the project.
He was also a leader in the reorganization
of the Presbyterian Church. Palmer died in
New Orleans. Benjamin Morgan Palmer was a
clergyman born in Charleston,South Carolina.
He was educated at Amhearst,
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decease of Dr. Palmer of New Orleans is like a change in the
landscape of the South. As far as it is possible for one man
in the space of a lifetime to be a part of the fixed order of
things, Dr. Palmer has become identified like some old-time
landmark with his denomination, his city and his section of
the nation. He was one of that class of men who are incapable
of change; what he was as he came to the maturity of manhood
he remained until death. It is doubtless true that the world
would be unfortunate if all its strong men should crystallize
in that adamantine way, but living in a time that suffers little
lack of impulses to progress, we ought to thank God that he
still scatters through the churches some immovable men to hinder
and obstruct headlong haste. From an almost opposite pole of
Christian temperment THE INTERIOR clearly recognizes that Dr.
Palmer served God and his generation as a symbol of the immutability
of the great essentials of our religion. His faithful witness
to Jesus Christ in the word of his preaching and the example
of his ministry gave him such power in New Orleans as few of
the Lord's ambassadors have ever wielded in any age of the church.
By all consent he was acknowledged for years to be the most
influential man in that city, and he was so brave and outspoken
that he made for righteousness not only in the private lives
of men but in the civic life of the community. He was born in
Charleston, S.C. in 1818 and had been over leading churches
in Savannah and Columbia before he went to the First Presbyterian
church of New Orleans in 1856. His pastoral term there covered
fifty-six consecutive years. He retained excellent vigor and
still preached powerfully despite his great age, and his life
might have been prolonged still for several years if he had
not suffered injury beneath a street car which ran him down
in the streets of New Orleans a few weeks ago. He did not die
from the direct effects of that accident, but the shock seemed
so to weaken his vital powers that fatal disease soon supervened."
The Interior, Volume 33, Number 1671, June 5, 1902, page 734.]