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The Henry Carrington Alexander Manuscript Collection

Identifier: SCM 005

Scope and Content

These papers consist of ten sermons, all but two of which were given in Virginia during the 1860s and some of which discuss the war in sympathy with the Confederacy.


  • 1858-1887


Language of Materials



There are no special restrictions to access of this collection. It may be examined by library patrons under the normal rules and conditions of Special Collections.

Preferred Citation

The following is the acceptable citation for publication: The Henry Carrington Alexander Manuscript Collection. Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.


1835 September 27
Born, Princeton, New Jersey
Graduated, College of New Jersey (now Princeton University)
Student, Princeton Theological Seminary
1861 September 3
Ordained, Presbytery of Roanoke
Pastor, Charlotte Church, Virginia
Awarded honorary doctor of divinity, Hampden-Sydney College
Professor, Biblical Literature and New Testament Interpretation, Union Theological Seminary, Virginia
Stated supply, Oakland, Maryland and Terra Alta, West Virginia
1894 June 27
Died, New York City

Biographical Information

Henry Carrington Alexander was born in Princeton, New Jersey in 1835. He was the eldest son of James Waddell Alexander and the grandson of Archibald Alexander. He graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1854; and Princeton Theological Seminary in 1858. He served as pastor to the Village Presbyterian Church of Charlotte County, Virginia, throughout the Civil War. His father and grandfather had also served at this same church. He was elected Professor of Biblical Literature and Interpretation of the New Testament at Union Theological Seminary of Virginia in 1869. He retired from teaching at Union Seminary in 1892, and served as pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Oakland, Maryland until his death in 1894. He was a leading member of the Southern Presbyterian Church throughout his life.


0.3 Linear Feet (1 Box)


Sermons have been arranged chronologically.

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Douglas F. Denné in the fall of 1992, under the direction of William O. Harris, Archivist. The finding aid was written by Matthew Reeder in February 2007, and edited by Sarah Malone in May 2008.

The Henry Carrington Alexander Manuscript Collection
Processed by Douglas F. Denne under the direction of William O. Harris, Archivist; 2007: Written by Matthew Reeder and edited by Sarah Malone
Fall 1992, February 2007 and May 2008
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Repository Details

Part of the Princeton Theological Seminary. Library. Special Collections Repository

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