This Week In History

March 23, 1806Rev. Philip Milledoler

On March 23, 1806, the Rev. Philip Milledoler (shown at right ) preached “A Discourse Delivered in the Presbyterian Church in Wall-Street March 23, 1806 for a Society of Ladies Instituted for the Relief of Poor Widows with Small Children.” The pastor of the Collegiate Presbyterian churches of New York City beginning in 1804, Reverend Milledofer was ordained in German Reformed and served as pastor of both Dutch Reform and Presbyterian Churches. Women of the church began to play an increasingly important role in the church by fundraising efforts for such relief efforts, for educating ministerial students and other programs.

March 25, 1871

EPresbyterian Hospital in Philadelphiaarly in 1871, Presbyterian minister Ephraim D. Saunders, offered a two-and-a-half-acre property at 39th Street and Powelton Avenue to the Philadelphia Presbyterian Alliance for use to build the Presbyterian Hospital in Philadelphia. The donation was in memory of his son Courtland, who had been killed in service during the Civil War. The Alliance stipulated that the hospital mission was "to provide for the needs of the sick and disabled regardless of race, color or creed." On March 25, 1871, the hospital charter was approved. At right is the hospital in the 1920s.

March 26, 1892William Sheppard

Samuel LapsleyOn March 26, 1892, African Congo Presbyterian Missionary Samuel N. Lapsley (shown left) died. He and William Sheppard (shown right), an African-American ordained Presbyterian minister went to the Congo for the Presbyterian Church (US) in 1890.

March 28, 1707

On March 28, 1707, Presbyterian Rev. Francis Makemie wrote to Rev. Benjamin Coleman of Boston, describing Makemie's ongoing trial in New York for preaching and the meeting of the first Presbytery in America:
"Since our imprisonment we have begun correspondence.... the penall laws are invading our American Sanctuary, without the least regard to the Toleration, which should alarm us all...."
Regarding the Presbytery, Makemie wrote: "Our design is to meet yearly, and oftener if necessary, to consult the most proper measures, for advancing religion, and propagating Christianity, in our Various Stations...."