The fourth son of Rev.
John and Margaret Miller, Samuel Miller was born near Dover, Delaware
on October 31, 1769. He completed studies at the University of
Pennsylvania in 1789 and began studying theology under his father's
tutelage. Following Rev. John Miller's death in 1791, Samuel moved to
Carlisle, Pennsylvania to complete his theological studies with
Charles Nisbet, president of Dickinson College. Samuel was ordained
to the Presbyterian ministry on June 5, 1793 and was called to the
Presbyterian churches of New York City, serving alongside Rev. Dr.
John Rodgers and Rev. Dr. John McKnight. In 1806, he was named
moderator of the Presbyterian General Assembly, and for several years
also served as its official historian.
in New York, Miller was active not only in the church, but also as an
author. His best-known work, the two-volume Brief Retrospect of
the Eighteenth Century , printed in 1803, earned him serious
attention and acclaim. He published his Letters on the
Constitution and Order of the Christian Ministry in 1807 and
wrote a memoir of Dr. John Rodgers in 1813. Also while in New York,
Miller served as chaplain for the first regiment of the New York
continued his service in New York until 1813, when he was appointed
professor of church history and government at the newly established
Princeton Theological Seminary. While teaching and preaching, he
continued to write and publish. He wrote a memoir of his mentor,
Charles Nisbet, in 1840, penned a life of Jonathan Edwards for Jared
Sparks' American Biography series, and published numerous
speeches and sermons on various topics.
his other activities, Miller served as a trustee of both Columbia
College and the College of New Jersey, as a founder and president of
the New York Bible Society, as a founder of the New York Historical
Society, and as a corresponding member of the Massachusetts
October 24, 1801, Samuel Miller married Sarah Sergeant, the daughter
of Jonathan Dickinson Sergeant, attorney general of Pennsylvania. The
couple had ten children, including sons Samuel, Elihu, and John. Rev.
Samuel Miller continued in his teaching position at the Princeton
Theological Seminary until his death on January 7, 1850.
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