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Annals of the American Pulpit (9 vols.)
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Annals of the American Pulpit (9 vols.)

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Robert Carter & Brothers 1857–1869

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Overview

Annals of the American Pulpit is an invaluable tool for anyone interested in early American preachers and the history of the Protestant church in the United States. This classic compilation by William Buell Sprague offers easy access to a trove of biographical information on early American preachers, with hundreds of sketches of significant clergymen who died before 1850. Across these nine volumes Sprague collects biographical entries on preachers from the Baptist, Presbyterian, Methodist, Lutheran, Trinitarian Congregationalist, Unitarian Congregationalist, and Episcopalian denominations. He also provides a brief historical introduction and outline of these churches’ beginnings in the United States. Browse this biographical dictionary to discover leading preachers in early America, or consult this comprehensive resource to research an American minister you come across in other reading.

Find primary source testimony about clergymen such as George Whitefield, Jonathan Edwards, and many lesser known ministers and theologians. Sprague designed the work to offer original testimony of character as far as possible, as well as attempting to maintain denominational partiality. He explains that he “embraced all who have been in any considerable degree distinguished, from the earliest settlement of the country to the [mid-nineteenth century]” and that “in the construction of the work, [he] had an eye indirectly to the history of the Church, as well as directly to the biography of its ministers. I have, therefore, kept each denomination by itself, and have arranged the names under each chronologically, so that the gradual changes in the ministry can easily be traced, and the progress of the denomination also, so far as it is identified with the character and doings of its ministers. A chronological index is placed at the beginning of each denomination, and an alphabetical index at the close.”

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Key Features

  • Offers a window into the early Protestant church in America
  • Contains biographical information for an extensive array of preachers in various denominations
  • Includes chronological and alphabetical indexes

Individual Titles

Annals of the American Pulpit; or, Commemorative Notices of Distinguished American Clergymen of Various Denominations, vol. 1

  • Editor: William B. Sprague
  • Publisher: Robert Carter & Brothers
  • Publication Date: 1857
  • Pages: 776

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

This volume contains the first half of William Sprague’s detailed account of New England Trinitarian Congregationalists. Volume 1 begins with a historical introduction to Congregationalism and how it took root in early America. Sprague outlines basic doctrinal tenets, and discusses the expansion of the denomination and division into Trinitarian and Unitarian. The bulk of the volume is then composed of brief biographies of important American Trinitarian Congregationalist preachers, beginning with those ministering in the early seventeenth century and covering through the late eighteenth century. Preachers include Jonathan Edwards, Cotton Mather, Ezekiel Rogers, Elisha Williams, and many more.

Annals of the American Pulpit; or, Commemorative Notices of Distinguished American Clergymen of Various Denominations, vol. 2

  • Editor: William B. Sprague
  • Publisher: Robert Carter & Brothers
  • Publication Date: 1859
  • Pages: 802

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

This volume contains the second half of William Sprague’s account of American Congregationalist clergymen. Volume 2 contains brief biographies of nearly 150 important American Trinitarian Congregationalist preachers, picking up where volume 1 left off. Sprague begins with preachers ministering in 1771 and covers up through those who began ministry in the mid-nineteenth century. Included are discussions of preachers such as Nathan Perkins, William Robinson, Azel Backus, Samuel Worcester, Daniel Temple, and David Peabody.

Annals of the American Pulpit; or, Commemorative Notices of Distinguished American Clergymen of Various Denominations, vol. 3

  • Editor: William B. Sprague
  • Publisher: Robert Carter & Brothers
  • Publication Date: 1858
  • Pages: 676

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

In volume 3 of American Annals of the American Pulpit, William Sprague gives a historical introduction to American Presbyterianism. He briefly outlines basic doctrinal tenets and explores how the denomination took root in early America. The bulk of the volume contains the first portion of biographies of significant American Presbyterian clergymen. The preachers discussed in this volume began their ministries in 1683 up through 1792. Preachers include William Tennent, James Waddel, Thomas Reese, John Witherspoon, Aaron Woolworth, Jonas Coe, and many more.

Annals of the American Pulpit; or, Commemorative Notices of Distinguished American Clergymen of Various Denominations, vol. 4

  • Editor: William B. Sprague
  • Publisher: Robert Carter & Brothers
  • Publication Date: 1858
  • Pages: 862

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Volume 4 continues William Sprague’s discussion of American Presbyterian preachers. Picking up in 1792 and covering through 1841, this volume provides short biographies of significant figures who ministered during this time. Preachers in this volume include Seth Williston, Charles Coffin, Benjamin Franklin Stanton, and David Nelson.

Annals of the American Pulpit; or, Commemorative Notices of Distinguished American Clergymen of Various Denominations, vol. 5

  • Editor: William B. Sprague
  • Publisher: Robert Carter & Brothers
  • Publication Date: 1859
  • Pages: 860

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

This volume contains William Sprague’s discussion of Protestant Episcopal clergymen. Sprague begins with a historical introduction which provides an outline of the history of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States, “designed as a sort of framework to hold together the group of portraits which are here collected.” He then collects brief biographies of important American Episcopalian preachers, beginning with those ministering in the early seventeenth century and covering through 1845. Preachers include George Whitefield, Samuel Peters, William White, James Abercrombie, Reuel Keith, Andrew Wylie, and many more.

Annals of the American Pulpit; or, Commemorative Notices of Distinguished American Clergymen of Various Denominations, vol. 6

  • Editor: William B. Sprague
  • Publisher: Robert Carter & Brothers
  • Publication Date: 1860
  • Pages: 904

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Volume 6 of American Annals of the American Pulpit compiles brief biographies of important Baptist preachers in early America. William Sprague first gives a historical introduction to the Baptist denomination in the United States, in order to provide a framework for the following discussions of clergymen. The preachers discussed began their ministries in 1638 up through 1840, including Roger Williams, Samuel Stillman, Joseph Grafton, Luther Rice, John Lightfoot Waller, and many more.

Annals of the American Pulpit; or, Commemorative Notices of Distinguished American Clergymen of Various Denominations, vol. 7

  • Editor: William B. Sprague
  • Publisher: Robert Carter & Brothers
  • Publication Date: 1859
  • Pages: 896

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Volume 7 contains biographical entries about significant Methodist clergymen in the early United States. Sprague begins with a historical outline of the American Methodist Church, and then the bulk of the volume is composed of brief discussions of Methodist preachers who began their ministries between 1760 and 1822. Preachers include Francis Asbury, Barnabas McHenry, Valentine Cook, John Strange, Judson Dwight Collins, and many more.

Annals of the American Pulpit; or, Commemorative Notices of Distinguished American Clergymen of Various Denominations, vol. 8

  • Editor: William B. Sprague
  • Publisher: Robert Carter & Brothers
  • Publication Date: 1865
  • Pages: 620

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

In this volume, William Sprague provides brief sketches of significant Unitarian Congregational preachers ministering in the United States during the early eighteenth century through the mid-nineteenth century. Starting with a historical introduction to Unitarian Congregationalism, Sprague compiles over 75 biographical entries on preachers such as Ebenezer Gay, Charles Chauncy, John Thornton Kirkland, and Andrews Norton.

Annals of the American Pulpit; or, Commemorative Notices of Distinguished American Clergymen of Various Denominations, vol. 1

  • Editor: William B. Sprague
  • Publisher: Robert Carter & Brothers
  • Publication Date: 1869
  • Pages: 948

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

In the final volume of Annals of the American Pulpit, William Sprague concludes his series with this text on important Lutheran preachers in early America. Consistent to his formula for the other volumes, Sprague provides a historical overview of the Lutheran church in the United States, and then compiles brief biographical sketches of numerous clergymen of this denomination. These Lutheran preachers ministered between 1734 and 1842, and include Henry Ernst Muhlenberg, David Frederick Schaelier, Christopher F. Bergman, David Jacobs, Ezra Keller, and more.

Product Details

  • Title: Annals of the American Pulpit
  • Editor: William B. Sprague
  • Publisher: Robert Carter & Brothers
  • Volumes: 9
  • Pages: 7,344

About William B. Sprague

William Buell Sprague (1795–1876) was educated at Yale and Princeton Theological Seminary. He pastored the Congregational Church in Springfield, Massachusetts for nine years and the Second Presbyterian Church in Albany, New York for 40 years. He published over 100 works including sermons, discourses, and addresses. He was the author of Letters to Young Men, Life of Timothy Dwight, Memoir of Rev. Edward Dorr Griffin, D. D., The Life of Jedidiah Morse, and more. An avid collector of historical documents, William Sprague also became the first person to gather a complete set of autographs of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.