A. D. Gillette, D.D., was born in Cambridge, Washington Co., N.Y. Sept. 8, 1807; educated at Hamilton and Union College, Schenectady; ordained in Schenectady; pastor of the Sansom Street church (Dr. Staughton’s), Philadelphia, for four years; founded the Eleventh Baptist church in the same city in 1839, and, under God, made it a large and prosperous community. He has been pastor of Calvary church, New York, the First church of Washington, D.C., the Gethsemane church of Brooklyn, and the church of Sing Sing, N.Y. He edited the "Minutes of the Philadelphia Association from 1707 to 1807," a work of great labor and of unusual value. He has baptized about 2000 persons. In 1856 he received the degree of Doctor of Divinity. Dr. Gillette is one of the most brotherly men the writer ever met; his friends are legion. He has been one of the most useful men in the Baptist denomination; his graceful manners, unselfish disposition, and cultured mind gave him access in Philadelphia, New York, and Washington to the best society. The denomination lamented the stroke of paralysis which recently threatened his life in Saratoga. Dr. Gillette has always basked in the sunshine of Christianity, leaving its imaginary dark clouds to gloomy minds.
[William Cathcart, editor, The Baptist Encyclopedia, 1881; rpt. 1988. Scanned and formatted by Jim Duvall.]
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