David Elliott was an educator born in Sherman's Valley Perry County Pennsylvania 6 February 1787 : died in Allegheny City Pennsylvania 18 March 1874. He was of Scots-Irish parentage. He entered Dickinson College in the junior class and was graduated in 1808 studied theology for three years was a home missionary for one year and was then settled as pastor of the Presbyterian Church at what is now Mercersburg Pennsylvania where he remained for eighteen years. Then he was called to Washington Pennsylvania as pastor and was also for nearly two years acting president of Washington College and professor of moral philosophy. He did more than any one else to revive the College when threatened with extinction but declined the presidency of the institution consenting however to act in that capacity in connection with his pastoral duties until in 1832 a permanent president was secured. In 1835 he was called to the professorship of ecclesiastical history and Church government in the Western theological seminary at Allegheny Pennsylvania He declined but the following year at the solicitation of the directors he accepted the chair of polemic and historic theology. He held this for nearly thirty-five years and retired in 1870 as professor emeritus. In 1837 he was moderator of the Presbyterian general assembly which divided that year; but he lived to see the reunion of 1870'1 and took part in its exercises.