August 23, 1816, Greenbush, New York.

April 14, 1889, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Breed was educated at the City University of New York, Union Theological Seminary, and Princeton University (graduated 1847). Just one year after being licensed to preach, he went to Montpelier Springs, Georgia, where he taught for a year to earn funds to pay his way through seminary. During that time he also served as a supply preacher for a local Protestant Episcopal congregation.

In 1847, Breed married and moved to Steubenville, Ohio, to pastor a new Presbyterian church there. In 1856, Breed became first pastor of the West Spruce Street Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, a post he held the rest of his life. His works include:

  1. Anchored Fast
  2. Hear the Chief from His Pavilion
  3. Hours on Eagle Pinions Fly, The
  4. In Earth’s Blighted Garden There Groweth
  5. May I Go to the Heathen
  6. Passing, Lord, by Vale and Mountain
  7. There’s a Bright Hall of Banqueting
  8. Thou Mansion Bright, Thou Home of Light
  9. Thy Bark Is on the Tide, O Sinner
  10. We Are Ready to Fight for Our God and the Right
  11. When Bright All Around Me Life’s Jewels
  12. When No More Horrid War