Rev Edward Porter Humphrey, D.D.

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Rev Edward Porter Humphrey, D.D.

Birthplace: Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA
Death: December 09, 1887 (78)
Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA
Place of Burial: Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Rev Heman Humphrey, D.D. and Sophia Humphrey
Husband of Catherine Cornelia Humphrey and Martha Ann Humphrey
Father of Edward William Cornelius Humphrey and Judge Alexander Pope Humphrey, I
Brother of James Humphrey, U.S. Congress

Occupation: Clergyman
Managed by: Margot Moir Humphrey
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About Rev Edward Porter Humphrey, D.D.

This biography was extracted (with a few corrections) from "Kentucky: A History of the State", Perrin, Battle, Kniffin, 8th ed., 1888, Jefferson Co.

EDWARD PORTER HUMPHREY, D.D., L.L.D., was the eldest son of Rev. Dr. Heman and Sophia Porter Humphrey, and was born in Fairfield, Conn., January 28,1809, and died in Louisville December 9, 1887.

Dr. Edward Porter Humphrey's youth was spent in Connecticut. He was prepared for college at the academy in Amherst, Mass., and in 1828 he graduated with honor from Amherst College, where his father was president. In 1831-32 he was principal of the academy at Plainfield, Conn. During this time he pursued his theological studies, and in 1833 graduated at the Andover Theological Seminary. He began his ministry in the Southwest, and from 1833 to 1835 was pastor of the Second Presbyterian Church in Jeffersonville, Ind. In 1835 he became pastor of the Second Presbyterian Church in Louisville, where he served for eighteen years.

On March 3, 1841, he was married to Caroline Cornelia, daughter of Thomas Prather of Louisville. She bore him one son, Edward W. C. Humphrey, and one daughter, who died in her infancy. Rev. Dr. Humphrey's first wife died September 28, 1844.

He was married the next time, April 3, 1847, to Martha, daughter of Alexander Pope. Judge A. P. Humphrey is the son of his second wife.

His discourse at the dedication of the Cave Hill cemetery, in 1848, was rich in eloquence and classical learning, and strong in that faith in immortality which he taught at all time.

In 1852 he received the degree of Doctor of Divinity from Hanover College, Indiana. In 1853 he was appointed by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, professor in Princeton Theological Seminary. This he declined, but soon after he accepted the professorship of Church History in the Theological College in Danville, Ky.

In 1866 he returned to Louisville to take charge of a new church made up of many members of the old Second Church, of which he had been pastor for eighteen years, the College Street church. Under his ministry it became one of the largest and most influential congregations in the city.

In 1871 his Alma Mater, Amherst College, conferred the degree of L.L. D., on him. He continued as pastor and preacher until 1880, when he retired from the active duties of his pulpit. After his retirement he engaged in literary and theological work, and spent the remainder of his life among the people to whom he had devoted himself in his early manhood.

Dr. Humphrey was of slender figure and of about medium height. His face was expressive of high intelligence. His general appearance, in spite of his stature, was striking. His voice, until recently, was strong and clear, but even as he advanced in years he still retained his powers as an orator. His last few years had been spent with the family of his youngest son, but he was ready on all occasions to assist with his knowledge and experience all who applied to him. He took the liveliest interest in the College Street Presbyterian church, of which he had been pastor, and the members of that congregation are among those who will most keenly feel his loss. His last public appearance was at the funeral of the late James F. Hubner, when he assisted in conducting the service. Dr. Humphrey's two sons are Edward W. C. Humphrey, an able lawyer, and Alex P. Humphrey, of the firm of Brown, Humphrey & Davie.

WILL - written 1/11/1887, probated 12/12/1887, Jefferson County WB 14, pages 310 & 311* Reference: Find A Grave Memorial - SmartCopy: Jul 14 2019, 21:31:43 UTC

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Rev Edward Porter Humphrey, D.D.'s Timeline

January 28, 1809
Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA
May 23, 1844
Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, United States
January 26, 1848
Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA
December 9, 1887
Age 78
Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA
Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA