19th Century

Biography

Gurley was a min­is­ter.

Jesus Is the Friend of Child­ren was pub­lished by the Pres­by­ter­i­an Board of Pub­li­ca­tion in Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia, in 1867.

If D. P. is a mis­print for P. D., we spe­cu­late this au­thor may be Phin­e­as Dens­more Gur­ley (1816–1868).

Phineas Gur­ley was Chap­lain of the Unit­ed States Sen­ate and was pas­tor of the New York Av­e­nue Pres­by­ter­i­an Church, Wash­ing­ton, DC, as of 1865.

Am­er­i­can pre­si­dent Ab­ra­ham Lin­coln re­gu­lar­ly at­tend­ed Gur­ley’s church. Gur­ley was at Lin­coln’s death bed af­ter his as­sas­sin­a­tion, and de­liv­ered the eu­lo­gy at Lin­coln’s fu­ner­al.

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