This Week In History

February 26, 1890

SS AdriaticOn Feb. 26, 1890, Rev.William Henry Sheppard, an African-American Presbyterian minister ordained in 1888 to serve at Zion Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, sailed on the Steamship Adriatic (at right leaving New York City harbor) with white missionary Rev. Samuel Norris Lapsley. They were on their way to the Congo as Presbyterian missionaries. Reverends Sheppard and Lapsley were members of the Presbyterian Church (US).

February 27, 2003

Fred Rogers on setOn Feb. 27, 2003, Mr. Rogers — Frederick McFeely Rogers — passed away. An American educator, ordained Presbyterian minister, songwriter and television host, Rogers (March 20, 1928 – February 27, 2003) was the host of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," in production from 1968 to 2001.

While working at WQED in Pittsburgh on children's programs, Rogers decided to get his Masters of Divinity from the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (founded 1794), graduating in 1962. He was ordained by the Presbytery of Pittsburgh in 1963. (Publicity photo.)

March 2, 1771

On March 2, 1771, Rev. Robert Hett Chapman (1771-1833) was born at Orange, New Jersey. Graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1789, he was licensed by the New York Presbytery on October 2, 1793, as a missionary to the south. From 1812 - 1817, Chapman served as the President of the University of North Carolina.

March 3, 1821

On March 3, 1821, Charles William Forman was born in Washington, Kentucky. He was converted at a revival meeting when he was twenty. He attended Centre College in Kentucky and then Princeton Theological Seminary. He was ordained as a Presbyterian minister on July 7, 1847 and immediately set out for India as a missionary under the Presbyterian Foreign Mission Board. Settling in Lahore in north India (now Pakistan) during 1849, he founded the Rang Mahal School. In 1865, the school added a college curriculum, and later became known as Forman Christian College.

March 4, 1798

On March 4, 1798, Presbyterian minister John Nicholson Campbell was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Reverend Campbell served as pastor of Second Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC, where Presidents John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson, as well as Vice President John C. Calhoun, worshipped in the 1820s. He also was active in the American Colonization Society. On November 18, 1820, the 22-year-old Reverend Campbell was named chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives. In 1830, Rev. Campbell and others were accused by Peggy Eaton of repeating the rumour that before her marriage, she dined with John Eaton in Philadelphia without a chaperone. Appointed Secretary of War by Jackson, John Eaton and his wife became a social controversy. As the social snubbing and other issues divided politicians, President Jackson's entire cabinet resigned, Vice President Calhoun resigned and Reverend Campbell stepped down from his pulpit. In 1831, he was called to the First Presbyterian Church in Albany, New York, and remained there until his death on March 27, 1864.