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: