This Week In History

November 23, 1817

On November 23, 1817, the Rev. Salmon Giddings founded the first on-going Presbyterian church in St. Louis with nine members in the congregation.

November 24, 1781

The Presbyterian Rev. James Caldwell, chaplain to the Third Battalion of Company No. 1, New Jersey Volunteers — Known as the "fighting parson" during the Revolutionary War — was killed by a soldier on November 24,1781. Also see June 7, 1780 entry.

November 25, 1866

On November 25, 1866, the Rev. David McFarland held the first Presbyterian service in the Council Chambers of the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe with 40 present, including the Territorial Governor's wife, Mrs. Jennie Mitchell. On December 10, 1866, he opened a school with ten scholars.

November 26, 1920

On Nov. 26, 1920, Ohio State Day was celebrated for raising funds to build the university's new stadium (right, completed in 1921) and for the accomplishments of William Oxley Thompson (1855 - 1933), a Presbyterian minister and Ohio State president since 1899. An active home missionary and pastor, Rev. Thompson (shown left) began to serve higher education institutions after his wife died in 1885. While president of Ohio State University (1899 - Nov. 1925), Thompson developed strong educational programs, and the student enrollment grew from 1,000 to 14,000.