The Encyclopedia Americana (1920)/Parker, Joel (clergyman)

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PARKER, Joel, American Presbyterian clergyman and educator: b. Bethel, Vt., 27 Aug. 1799; d. New York, 2 May 1873. He was graduated at Hamilton in 1824, and after studying at the Auburn Theological Seminary was ordained in the Presbyterian Church. He was pastor at Rochester in 1826-30; organized the Dey Street Church in New York and was its pastor until 1832, when he went to a pastorate in New Orleans; and in 1838-40 he was in charge of the Tabernacle Presbyterian diurch on Broadway, New York. Upon its being closed he became president of the Union Theological Seminary and occupied the chair of sacred rhetoric. He later held charges in Philadelphia in 1842-54, in New York at the Bleecker Street Presbyterian Church in 1854-63 and at Newark, N. J., in 1863-68. He was for a time associate editor of the Presbyterian Quarterly Review and was author of ‘Lectures on Unitarianism’ (1829); ‘Reasonings of a Pastor’ (1849); ‘Pastor's Initiatory Catechism’ (1855), etc.