|William Morrison ENGLES,
author, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
12 October 1797; died 27 November 1867. He was graduated at
the University of Pennsylvania in 1815, and studied theology
with Dr. Samuel B. Wylie, receiving his license to preach in
After spending some time in missionary
labors in Wyoming, William Engles returned to Philadelphia
in 1820, and was ordained pastor of the 7th Presbyterian Church.
He resigned in 1834 on account of impaired health, and was
editor of the "Presbyterian" till his death, giving
it a reputation as an organ of the old school party.
In 1838 William Morrison Engles
was appointed editor of the books and tracts issued
by the Presbyterian board of publication, and held this office
till 1863, when he was chosen to be president of the board.
His books were prepared in connection with the board of publication,
and are chiefly devotional. Among them are " Records
of the Presbyterian Church " (Philadelphia, 1840); "
English Martyrology" (1843)" " Sickroom Devotion"
(1846); " Bible Dictionary" (1850) o "Sailors'
Companion (1857); and "Soldiers' Pocketbook," of
which 300,000 copies were circulated, principally in the army,
during the civil war (1861).