Byron Sunderland was born in Shoreham
on this day in 1819. He graduated from Middlebury, and then from
the Union Theological Seminary.
Sunderland was pastor of the Presbyterian church in Batavia and
then Syracuse, New York.
He served 45 years as Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in
Washington D.C. Sunderland spoke privately about Christian philosophy
with Lincoln. He served as Chaplain of the U.S. Senate, and presided
over the wedding of President Grover Cleveland at the White House.
Notably, he preached in favor of abolition, at a time, and in a
place, where it was dangerous to do so.
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November Archives | November 23