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Notable Family Members
Notable Phelps Anson Green Phelps, Merchant and philanthropist Austin Phelps, Congregational clergyman, theologian and author Chance Russel Phelps, Private, USMC Charles Edward Phelps, Congressman, Judge, Author Delos Porter Phelps, Lawyer and U.S. Assistant Treasurer Edward John Phelps, Lawyer, educator Dr. Francis Phelps, Representative and Senator Francis G. Sanburn, Pioneer Resident of Knoxville, Illinois George M. Phelps, Master telegraph instrument maker and inventor Dr. Guy Rowland Phelps, Founder, Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance John Phelps, Clerk of the Court at the trial of King Charles I Judge James Phelps, Judge and Congressman Judge John Jay Phelps Judge, merchant, and entrepreneur. Judge John Phelps, Constitutional Convention Signatory from Connecticut John Wesley Phelps John Wolcott Phelps, Brigadier General, United States Volunteers Mary Ann Phelps Rich, Latter-day Saints Pioneer Mary Phelps Jacob, Inventor of the Brassiere Noah Phelps, A Patriot of 1776 and Revolutionary War Spy Oliver Phelps Merchant, Revolutionary War veteran, Representative, Senator land promoter Rev. Philip Phelps First President, Western Theological Seminary Richard Phelps, Bell-founder for Churches Throughout England John Smith Phelps Lawyer, Repesentative, Governor Samuel Shethar Phelps, Jurist, Congressman, and Senator Samuel Phelps, English Actor.html Stephen Sumner Phelps, Illinois Pioneer and Origin of the Hawk Eye State Name Thomas Stowell Phelps, Rear Admiral and Civil War Veteran William Walter Phelps, Congressman, Ambassador, and Judge William Wines Phelps, Judge, Latter-day Saint, Publisher and Writer William Lyon Phelps, American educator, author and critic

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Rev. Philip Phelps, Founder and First President, Western Theological Seminary

Rev. Philip Phelps, D.D., L.L.D., b. Albany, N. Y., July 12, 1826, d. Albany, N. Y., Sept. 4, 1896 m. Sept 27, 1833, Margaret Anna Jordan of Albany, N. V.

Mr. Phelps entered Union College, Schenectady, N. Y., in the junior year and graduated in 1844, at the age of eighteen. He spent two years in teaching, also editing the "Youth', Temperance Enterprise,'' and entered the Theological Seminary of the Reformed church, at New Brunswick, N. J., in 1846, where he took the three year, course, reaching for six months in Major Kinsley's school at West Point. He became pastor of the old Greenburgh Church, Westchester Co., N. Y., and had charge of a mission at Hastings-on-Hudson, which he built up later into a strong church.

He also conducted a school. In 1859 he became missionary pastor, and principal of the academy at Holland, Mich., which had been established by the Reformed Church, and which Mr. Phelps built up into Hope College, which as incorporated in 1866, and later added a theological department which has since become the Western Theological Seminary. He was the first president. He had been made president of the General Synod in 1864, and the same year received the degree of D.D. [Doctor of Divinity] from the University of New York, He devoted his energy to the Hope College until 1878, having at one time brought about the education of several Japanese students, and built tip a flourishing institution, and made himself an honored name.

After eight years of various ministerial and literary labor, he became pastor, in 1886, of the Reformed Churches of North Blenheim and Breakabeen, N. Y., where he spent nine years, and was one of the most noted clergymen of his time. In 1894 Hope College gave him the degree of L.L.D. In 1895 he resigned his pastorates and went to Ghent, N. Y., where his son Philip was pastor of the First Reformed Church, and in 1896 supplied the pulpit of his first charge at Hastings-on-Hudson, During the summer he became prostrated by the heat, and in the absence of his family, went to the home of his sister, Mrs. Dr. R. D. Jones, in Albany, where he died. His death was sincerely mourned by all who had known him.

From The Phelps Family of America and Their English Ancestors, (Save $200 by ordering through us.) By Oliver S. Phelps and Andrew T. Servin. (Get an updated index here.)(#4530).