John Walter Beardslee was born on November 23, 1837, in Sandusky, Ohio, to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Beardslee. He was a graduate of Rutgers College in 1860 with an A.B. degree, New Brunswick Theological Seminary graduate of 1863, and received both a D.D. and L.L.D. from Rutgers College in 1884 and 1907. He was licensed by the Classis of New Brunswick in 1863 and served as a pastor in Constantine, Michigan from 1864-1884, and for the North Reformed Church in West Troy, New York from 1884-1888. He became a professor at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan, in 1888, and remained there until 1917. John W. Beardslee passed away New Brunswick, New Jersey, on March 31, 1921. [Hope College]
Trained at Rutgers University and New Brunswick Theological Seminary, he was a pastor in Constantine, Michigan (1864-84). and in Troy, New York (1884-88), for twenty-four years. His teaching career extended thirty-three years - as professor at Western Theological Seminary (1888-1917), and as lector at New Brunswick Seminary (1917-21). In 1913 the library and its building at Western Seminary was named "Beardslee Memorial Library" on the occasion of his twenty-fifth year as professor. He died at age eighty-four in 1921. [Servant Gladly]
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