First Presbyterian Church (Augusta, Georgia)

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First Presbyterian Church of Augusta
First Presbyterian Church, 642 Telfair Street, Augusta, (Richmond County, Georgia).jpg
First Presbyterian Church
First Presbyterian Church (Augusta, Georgia) is located in Georgia (U.S. state)
First Presbyterian Church (Augusta, Georgia)
Location 642 Telfair St., Augusta, Georgia
Coordinates 33°28′13″N 81°57′54″W / 33.47028°N 81.96500°W / 33.47028; -81.96500Coordinates: 33°28′13″N 81°57′54″W / 33.47028°N 81.96500°W / 33.47028; -81.96500
Built 1812
Architect Robert Mills
Architectural style Romanesque
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference #

97000100

[1]
Added to NRHP February 21, 1997

First Presbyterian Church is an historic Presbyterian church located at 642 Telfair Street in Augusta, Georgia in the United States. The church was established in 1804,[2] and the building was completed in 1812.[3] It was designed by noted architect Robert Mills in the Romanesque style. On February 21, 1997, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places, listed as First Presbyterian Church of Augusta.[1]

During his childhood, United States president Woodrow Wilson's father - Joseph R. Wilson - was minister at First Presbyterian from 1858 to 1870. The Woodrow Wilson Boyhood Home is a historic site nearby. In 1861 the Church hosted the first General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the Confederate States and the first minister in this new denomination was President Wilson's father. During the Civil War the building was used as a hospital for men wounded in the Battle of Chickamauga. Men who died were buried in the Magnolia Cemetery.

Later the church served as a center of social and religious activities during World War I and World War II.

First Presbyterian Church is a member congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America.[4]

It adheres to the Westminster Confession of Faith, Westminster Shorter Cathechism and Westminster Larger Catechism.[5]

The current senior pastor is George W. Robertson.[6]

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