TALMAGE, Thomas De Witt, American Presbyterian clergyman: b. Bound Brook, N. J., 7 Jan. 1832; d. Washington, D. C., 12 April 1902. He was graduated from the New Brunswick Theological Seminary in 1856 and was ordained pastor of the Reformed Dutch Church, Belleville, N. J., in that year. He held Reformed (Dutch) pastorates in Syracuse, N. Y., in 1859-62, and Philadelphia, in 1862-69; was a chaplain in the Union army during the Civil War, and in 1869 became pastor of the Central Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn, N. Y. His congregation erected in 1870 a new church known as the Brooklyn Tabernacle, which was burned in 1872. It was rebuilt in 1874, but twice again was destroyed by fire. After the third fire in 1894 Dr. Talmage resigned his pastorate and traveled abroad. In 1895 he ac cepted a call as associate pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Washington, D. C., later becoming full pastor, a charge which he resigned in 1899 in order to devote himself to literary work. He was editor of The Christian
at Work, New York, in 1873-76, of The Ad vance, Chicago, in 1877-78, of Frank Leslie's Sunday Magazine in 1879-89, and of the Chris tian Herald, New York, from 1890. For 30 years his sermons were printed weekly in reli gious and secular papers, and in 1901 it was estimated that they were published in 3,600 newspapers in various languages. He also ap peared weekly for many years as a lyceum lec turer. Among his many publications are Almond Tree in Blossom' (1870); The Brooklyn Tabernacle' (1884); 'From the Pyramids to the Acropolis' (1892); 'From Manger to Throne' (1894), etc. Consult Adams, 'Life and Sermons of T. DeWitt Tal mage' (1902) • Wilkinson, W. C., 'Modern Masters of Pulpit Discourse> (1905).