Born: Feb­ru­a­ry 11, 1814, Cam­bridge, New York.

Died: De­cem­ber 22, 1898, Phi­la­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia.

Buried: Ivy Hill Ce­me­te­ry, Penn­syl­van­ia, Penn­syl­van­ia.



Sidney was the son of John Ste­vens and Eu­nice Hurd Dy­er; fa­ther of Mat­tie Dy­er Britts; grand­son of Will­iam Dyer; and a des­cend­ant of Will­iam Dyre, an ear­ly set­tler of Mas­sa­chu­setts.

He stu­died in class­ic­al schools in New York Ci­ty; at In­di­a­na State Un­i­ver­si­ty (AM); and Buck­nell Un­i­ver­si­ty, Lew­is­burg, Penn­syl­van­ia (PhD).

He served in the Black Hawk War (1832–33); and re­turned to New York to stu­dy the­o­lo­gy.

Ordained in 1842, he be­came a mis­sion­a­ry among the Choc­taw In­di­ans, and sub­se­quent­ly Sec­re­ta­ry of the In­dian Mis­sion Board in Lou­is­ville, Ken­tuc­ky.

In 1852, Dy­er be­came pas­tor of the First Baptist Church in In­di­an­a­po­lis, In­di­a­na.

In 1859, he be­came Dis­trict Sec­re­ta­ry of the Am­er­i­can Bap­tist Pub­li­ca­tion So­ci­e­ty, a po­si­tion he held 27 years.

After re­tir­ing, he set­tled in De­Land, Flo­ri­da, and lat­er moved to Ger­man­town, Penn­syl­van­ia.

Dyer made nu­mer­ous con­tri­bu­tions to pe­ri­od­i­cals, and wrote ma­ny songs.




Help Needed

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Dy­er (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?