Biography of the Rev. Thomas Edwin Vassar

Chaplain of the 150th New York Infantry

(From Appleton’s Cyclopedia of American Biography, edited by James Grant Wilson and John Fiske.
Six volumes. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1887-1889.)

[Vassar], Thomas Edwin, clergyman, born in Poughkeepsie, New York, 3 December, 1834, is son of William Vassar. His plans for entering college were frustrated by family misfortunes, and he was ordained to the Baptist ministry in 1857, without the advantages of a formal education. He has been successively settled as pastor at Amenia, New York, Lynn, Massachusetts, Flemington, New Jersey, and Newark, New Jersey, and is now [1889] in Kansas City, Missouri. He was for one year chaplain of the 150th New York Regiment, and was at several battles, including Gettysburg. He is the author of a memoir of his cousin, John Ellison Vassar, entitled Uncle John Vassar (New York, 1879), of which about 20,000 copies have been sold in America and England. He has received the degree of D.D.


South Baptist Church (Newark, New Jersey)
Served by Pastor Thomas E. Vassar from 1880 to 1888

Uncle John Vassar
Written by Thomas E. Vassar

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