LINN, William

1752–1808

Biography

LINN, William, a House Chaplain; born in Shippensburg, Cumberland County, Pa., February 22, 1752; graduated from College of New Jersey (now Princeton University), Princeton, N.J., 1772; D.D., College of New Jersey (now Princeton University), Princeton, N.J., 1789; ordained in the Presbyterian Church in 1775; chaplain, regiment of General William Thompson, Continental Army, 1776; pastor, Big Spring Presbyterian Church, Newville, Pa., 1777–1784; principal, Washington Academy, Somerset County, Md., 1784–1786; pastor, Presbyterian Church, Elizabethtown, N.J., 1786; associate pastor, Collegiate Dutch Reformed Church, New York, N.Y., 1787–1805; president pro tempore, Queen’s College (now Rutgers University), New Brunswick, N.J., 1791–1794; regent, University of the State of New York, New York, N.Y., 1887–1808; elected Chaplain of the United States House of Representatives for the First Congress (May 1, 1789–August 12, 1790); died on January 8, 1808, in Albany, N.Y.

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Denomination

Presbyterian

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