March 6, 1837, Man­hat­tan, New York.

June 3, 1911, Brook­lyn, New York.

Green-Wood Ce­me­te­ry, Brooklyn, New York.


Pierson attended Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, and Union The­o­lo­gi­cal Sem­in­a­ry, New York City. In 1860, he married Sarah Frances Benedict; they had seven children, all of whom were converted before age 15 and grew up to serve as missionaries, pastors, or lay leaders. He pastored in Binghamton and Waterford, New York; Detroit, Michigan; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia. After retiring, he continued to preach at churches and conferences at home and abroad. He was a contemporary and friend of many Christian leaders, including Dwight Moody, Adoniram Gordon, George Müller (whose biography he wrote), and Charles Spurgeon. During Spurgeon’s last illness, Pierson filled the pulpit of the Metropolitan Tabernacle in London for several months. His works in­clude:

  1. Advent Song
  2. Can It Be Right?
  3. Forever with Jesus There
  4. Gospel Call, The
  5. Gospel of Thy Grace, The
  6. Hark the Bugle-Call of God
  7. He Loved Me
  8. I Will Never Leave Thee
  9. New Song, The
  10. Oh, I Am So Happy in Jesus
  11. Once I Was Dead in Sin
  12. To Thee, O God, We Raise