Presbytery of Philadelphia
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The Presbytery of Philadelphia, known during its early years simply as the Presbytery or the General Presbytery, is a presbytery of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). It was the first organized presbytery in what was to become the United States of America. Seven ministers composed the first meeting in the spring of 1706 in Philadelphia with Francis Makemie moderating. They were probably all, except one, foreign-born Presbyterian ministers who had been ordained in Scotland and Ireland. In 1716, the presbytery divided itself in three (Philadelphia, New Castle, and Long Island) and the Synod of Philadelphia was established as a superior body. A Snow Hill presbytery was also appointed, but never constituted. The newly constituted Presbytery of Philadelphia then covered the provinces of East and West Jersey and all of Pennsylvania north of the Great Valley.
- Loetscher, Lefferts A. (1983). A Brief History of the Presbyterians (Fourth ed.). p. 61.
- Nevin, Alfred (1888). History of the presbytery of Philadelphia, and of the Philadelphia Central. p. vi.
- Nevin, Alfred (1888). History of the presbytery of Philadelphia, and of the Philadelphia Central. pp. 62, 64, 67.
- Nevin, Alfred (1888). History of the presbytery of Philadelphia, and of the Philadelphia Central. p. 66.
- Patterson, R.M. (1876). Historical Sketch of the Synod of Philadelphia. pp. 8–9.