Theodore L. Cuyler

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Theodore L. Cuyler c. 1902
Market Street Reformed Church
Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church
Cuyler Gore Park, near Lafayette Avenue

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.[1] Cuyler graduated from Princeton University in 1841 and from the Princeton Theological Seminary in 1846, then became a pastor in Burlington, New Jersey.[2] 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, Benjamin M. Palmer, 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.[3] 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.



  • Stray Arrows (1851)
  • Sermon on Christian Recreation and Unchristian Amusement (1858)
  • Intellect, and How to Use it (1863)
  • The Moral Duty in Total Abstinence (1871)
  • Thought-Hives (1872)
  • Pointed Papers for the Christian Life (1879)
  • God's Light on Dark Clouds (1882)
  • Business in Business (1883)
  • Wayside Springs from the Fountains of Life (1883)
  • Right to the Point (1884)
  • Newly Enlisted (1888)
  • How To Be A Pastor (1890)By the Baker & Taylor Co. (Publisher)
  • The Cedar Christian (1891)
  • The Young Preacher (1893)
  • Beulah-Land; or, Words of Good Cheer to the Old (1896)
  • Mountain Tops With Jesus (1898)
  • Well-Built: Plain Talks to Young People (1898)
  • Recollections of a Long Life (An Autobiography) (1902)
  • Help and Good Cheer (1902)
  • Campaigning for Christ (1902)
  • A Model Christian (1903)
  • Our Christmas Tides (1904)

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  1. ^ "THEODORE L. CUYLER, D.D.", The New York Times" (October 26, 1874), p. 2.
  2. ^ Google Books "Recollections of a Long Life", Cuyler's Autobiography
  3. ^ Cuyler Gore.

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