March 18, 1805, New York City.
April 27, 1862, Florence, Italy.
Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York.
Bethune graduated from Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in 1822, and studied theology at Princeton University.
In 1827 he became pastor of the Reformed Dutch Church in Rhinebeck, New York. In 1830, he moved to Utica, New York; to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1834; and to Brooklyn Heights, New York, in 1850.
He was offered the posts of chancellor of New York University, and provost of the University of Pennsylvania, both of which he declined. Poet Jessie G. McCartee was his sister.
Bethune’s works include:
A. R. Van Nest edited Bethune’s Life and Letters in 1867.