On This Day

Presbyterian in History

Historical Events

  • 1638-02-28 Scottish Presbyterians sign National Convent, Greyfriars, Edinburgh

Historic Event

1647-01-30 After nine months of negotiations, Scottish Presbyterians sell captured Charles I to English Parliament for around £100,000

  • 1648-12-06 Pride's Purge: Thomas Pride prevents 96 presbyterians from sitting in English parliament
  • 1889-11-05 Louisa Woosley first women to be ordained as a minister in any Presbyterian denomination (US Cumberland Presbyterian Church).
  • 1925-06-10 Inaugural service for the United Church of Canada, a union of Presbyterian, Methodist, and Congregationalist churches held in Toronto Arena
  • 1930-06-02 Sarah Dickson becomes 1st woman Presbyterian elder in US, Cincinnati
  • 1936-06-11 Presbyterian Church of America founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1956-10-24 Margaret Towner becomes first woman to be ordained into the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America (PCUSA)

Famous Birthdays

  • 1695-09-21 John Glas, Scottish Presbyterian clergyman (started Glasite church movement), born in Auchtermuchty, Fife, Scotland (d. 1773)
  • 1775-10-12 Lyman Beecher, US Presbyterian clergyman, temperance movement leader, born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1863)
  • 1809-07-30 Charles Chiniquy, Canadian Catholic priest who left the Roman Catholic Church and became a Presbyterian minister, born in Kamouraska, Quebec (d. 1899)
  • 1821-09-28 Jonathan Clarkson Gibbs, American politician (Secretary of State and Superintendent of Public Instruction of Florida) and Presbyterian minister, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1874)
  • 1884-02-14 Hezekiah M. Washburn, American Presbyterian Congo missionary, born in Brooksville, Bracken, Kentucky (d. 1972)
  • 1955-05-07 Kevin Reed, American Presbyterian theologian

Famous Weddings

Nathan Bedford Forrest

1845-09-25 Confederate army Nathan Bedford Forrest (24) weds Presbyterian minister's daughter Mary Ann Montgomery (18) in Hernando, Mississippi

William McKinley

1871-01-25 US President William McKinley (27) weds Ida Saxton (23) at the First Presbyterian Church in Canton

Woodrow Wilson

1885-06-24 28th US President Woodrow Wilson (28) weds Presbyterian minister's daughter Ellen Louise Axson (25) in Savannah, Georgia

Robert Menzies

1920-09-27 Prime Minister of Australia Robert Menzies (25) weds Pattie Maie Leckie (21) at Kew Presbyterian Church in Melbourne, Australia

William Faulkner

1929-06-20 Author William Faulkner (31) weds Estelle Oldham at College Hill Presbyterian Church outside Oxford, Mississippi

Wedding of Interest

1945-01-06 Future 41st US President George H. W. Bush (20) weds Barbara Pierce (19) at the First Presbyterian Church in Rye, New York

James Stewart

1949-08-09 Film and stage actor Jimmy Stewart (41) weds former model Gloria Hatrick McLean (31) at the Brentwood Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles

Angela Lansbury

1949-08-12 Multi-Tony award-winning actress Angela Lansbury (23) weds actor and producer Peter Shaw (31) at St. Columba's Presbyterian Church of Scotland in London, England

Fred Rogers

1952-07-09 American educator, Presbyterian minister and TV host Fred Rogers (24) weds Sara Joanne Byrd

Gordie Howe

1953-04-15 Ice hockey player Gordie Howe (25) weds sports agent Colleen Joffa (20) at Calvary Presbyterian Church

Dick Cheney

1964-08-29 46th US Vice President Dick Cheney (23) weds Lynne Ann Vincent (23) at the First Presbyterian Church of Casper in Wyoming

Rod Laver

1966-06-20 Tennis champ Rod Laver (27) weds Mary Benson at St. Luke's Presbyterian Church in San Rafael, California

  • 1968-08-25 "The Outlaw" actress Jane Russell (47) weds actor Roger Barrett (47) at the Community Presbyterian Church in Beverly Hills, California
  • 1996-12-01 Model-actress Angie Everhart (27) weds actor Ashley Hamilton (22) at the Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles

Roger Goodell

1997-10-25 NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (38) weds news anchor Jane Skinner (30) at First Presbyterian Church in Lake Forest, Illinois

  • 1998-10-03 Dutch-born model Annette Roque (33) weds The Today show cohost Matt Lauer (41) at Presbyterian Church in Bridgehampton, New York
  • 2001-06-09 "Law & Order" actress and model Angie Harmon (28) weds New York Giant NFL player Jason Sehorn (30) at Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas
  • 2005-06-16 "American Idol" singer Bo Bice (29) weds Caroline Fisher at New Hope Presbyterian Church in Alabama
  • 2007-09-01 "Grey's Anatomy" actress Kate Walsh (39) weds movie executive Alex Young (35) at the Ojai Presbyterian Church in Ojai, California
  • 2008-02-02 Singer-actress Katharine McPhee (23) weds producer Nick Cokas (42) at the Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church in Beverly Hills, California
  • 2009-04-25 TV personality Spencer Pratt (28) weds media personality and singer Heidi Montag (25) at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Pasadena

Famous Deaths

  • 1603-12-27 Thomas Cartwright, English Presbyterian publicist, dies at about 68
  • 1666-10-29 Edmund Calamy the Elder, English Presbyterian leader (b. 1600)
  • 1688-02-17 Rev James Renwick, hanged in Scotland for being a Presbyterian
  • 1773-11-02 John Glas, Scottish Presbyterian clergyman (started Glasite church movement), dies at 78
  • 1863-01-10 Lyman Beecher, US Presbyterian clergyman, temperance movement leader (b. 1775)
  • 1874-08-14 Jonathan Clarkson Gibbs, American politician (Secretary of State and Superintendent of Public Instruction of Florida) and Presbyterian minister, dies at 52
  • 1899-01-16 Charles Chiniquy, Canadian Catholic priest who left the Roman Catholic Church and became a Presbyterian minister, dies at 89
  • 1972-07-19 Hezekiah M. Washburn, American Presbyterian Congo missionary, dies at 88