Benton, Joseph Augustine - from United States

ID: 261117
Organization: S&B
Country of meeting: in the year 1842

He was an pastor. President, Pacific Theological Seminary.

After graduating he taught for a year in Haddam, Conn., and then spent three years and a half in the Yale Divinity School. In the spring of 1847 he went to South Maiden, now Everett, Mass, where he preached to a newly gathered church for a year and a half.

In January, 1849, he started for California, and in July of that year he took up his residence in Sacramento, where he organized the first church a few months later. Of this (Congregational) church he was ordained pastor on March 5, 1851. He resigned this charge on February 28, 1863, and then took charge of the 2d, or Plymouth Congregational Church in San Francisco.

From 1866 he was also editor-in-chief of The Pacific, the newspaper organ of the California Congregational churches. He was dismissed from his pastorate on February 9, 1869, in order to accept the chair of Sacred Literature in the Pacific Theological Seminary, now located in Oakland, a suburb of San Francisco. The degree of Doctor of Divinity was conferred on him by Yale in 1870. He was transferred to the chair of Homiletics and Pastoral Theology a year or two before his death, which took place at his residence in Oakland on April 8, 1892, at the age of 74. He was born in Guilford, Conn., on May 7, 1818.

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