This Week In History

Sept. 17, 1717

On September 17, 1717, the first meeting of America's first General Synod was held. The preceding year, September 20, 1716, the General Presbytery (of Philadelphia) had split into four new Presbyteries — Philadelphia, New Castle, Snow Hill and Long Island — that would meet once a year at a Synod meeting.

Sept. 19, 1722

Rev. Jonathan DickinsonOn September 19, 1722, the Rev. Jonathan Dickinson preached a sermon to open the Synod meeting at Philadelphia — "Wherein is Considered the Character of the Man of God, and his Furniture for the Exercise both of Doctrine and Discipline, With the True Boundaries of the Church's Power." Rev. Dickinson led his church in Elizabethtown, New Jersey, to join the Presbyterian denomination in 1717. He would go on to be highly influential in the early America church and served as the first president of the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University).

Sept. 21, 1766

Rev. George DuffieldOn September 21, 1766, Presbyterian ministers Charles Beatty and George Duffield (1732 - 1790, shown at right) preached to a group of Native Americans at a site near present day Newcomerstown, Ohio, on the Tuscarawas River. The two Pennsylvania ministers were scouting the Northwest Territory (Ohio) for possible missions.

Sept. 23, 1860

Rev. Richard ArmstrongOn September 23, 1860, Presbyterian minister and Hawaiian missionary Richard Armstrong died. He arrived in Maui in 1832.