John Clark (chaplain)
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John Flavel Clark (December 10, 1784 – October 7, 1853) was a Presbyterian clergyman who served as Chaplain of the Senate.
John Flavel Clark was born on December 10, 1784, in Allentown, New Jersey,〔Presbyterian Heritage Center, Montreat, NC〕 the oldest of three sons of Margaret Imlay Clark and Dr. Joseph Clark who was pastor of First Presbyterian Church of New Brunswick, New Jersey (1796–1813). Joseph Clark also served on George Washington's general staff during the Revolutionary War.〔The History of the First English Presbyterian Church in Amwell, by John Backer Kugler, p. 189〕 John F. Clark graduated valedictorian from Princeton University in 1807. After graduation he was engaged in teaching in Georgia. He began studying for the ministry at Andover Theological Seminary in 1810. There he became acquainted with Adoniram Judson, Samuel Newell and Samuel John Mills, thus beginning a lifelong commitment to the cause of foreign missions. He was one of the founders of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions.〔The Medical News, 1885, p. 700〕
He was chosen to be a tutor at Princeton, where he continued his divinity studies under its president Ashbel Green. He was called to be stated supply at First Presbyterian Church Flemington, New Jersey, and then to be its pastor, resulting in his ordination in June 1815.〔The History of the First English Presbyterian Church in Amwell, by John Backer Kugler, p. 189〕
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