Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother – Theodore Cuyler

Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother – Theodore Cuyler

Theodore Ledyard Cuyler (January 10, 1822 — February 26, 1909) was a leading Presbyterian minister and religious writer in the United States.

Born at Aurora, New York, Cuyler’s father died before Cuyler was five years old. Cuyler graduated from Princeton University in 1841 and from the Princeton Theological Seminary in 1846, then became a pastor in Burlingham, New Jersey. He was successful in reviving the flagging institution under his pastorship, and in 1853 he realized similar success as pastor of the Market Street Dutch Reformed Church in New York City. These successes led to Cuyler’s installation in 1860 as the pastor of the Park Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn, from which he oversaw the construction of the Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian church a block away, completed in 1862. The newly constructed church, under Cuyler’s leadership, became the largest Presbyterian Church in the United States. His circle of acquaintances included other noted preachers of the day, including Horatius Bonar, Charles Spurgeon, D. L. Moody, and Charles G. Finney.

Cuyler was an outspoken supporter of the temperance movement, and an opponent of women’s suffrage in the United States. He was a leader of “The New York Anti-Suffrage Association”, deriding women who “snatch after the ballot, the juryman’s seat, and the police baton of civil authority”, and contending that women would no longer be pure when they finished the job of “‘purifying’ the primaries, the caucus, and the conventions”.

Cuyler Gore, a park in Brooklyn, was named for him prior to 1901. Cuyler demurred from having a monument erected in his favor there, instead instructing the donors to simply keep the park with beautiful flowers and trees.

About Rich Moore

I will be sharing videos from my YouTube channel to this blog in the hope that others might be blessed and God glorified. Here is a description of my channel: A large video collection of classic hymns, contemporary Praise and Worship songs, and the works (audio books, devotional readings, and sermons) of men greatly used of God, such as: Charles Spurgeon, Jonathan Edwards, A.W. Tozer, A.W. Pink, John Owen, Oswald Chambers, Andrew Murray, John MacArthur, E.M. Bounds, John Bunyan, George Whitefield, and many more, covering topics on many aspects of the Christian life. May your time spent here be blessed. "He must increase, but I must decrease." (John 3:30) https://www.youtube.com/user/stack45ny
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