Samuel I. Prime

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Samuel Irenæus Prime (1812–1885) was an American clergyman, traveler, and writer.

Samuel Irenæus Prime
Born (1812-11-04)4 November 1812
Ballston, New York
Died 18 July 1885(1885-07-18) (aged 72)
Manchester, Vermont
  • Nathaniel Scudder Prime
  • Julia Ann Jermain


He was born at Ballston, N. Y., and graduated from Williams College in 1829. Three years later he entered Princeton Theological Seminary, was licensed to preach in 1833, and in 1835 was installed pastor of the Presbyterian Church at Ballston Spa, N. Y. For a time he was principal of the academy at Newburgh, N. Y. In 1840 he entered upon the chief work of his life as editor of the New York Observer, a paper of which he afterward came to be the principal owner. His brother and then his son-in-law, Rev. Charles A. Stoddard,[1][2] carried on the editorship after his death. He was the founder of the New York Association for the Advancement of Science and Art, president and trustee of Wells College, and a trustee of Williams College.


With many books of religious character, Prime published:

  • Life in New York (1848)
  • Travels in Europe and the East (1855)
  • Letters from Switzerland (1860)
  • American Wit and Humor (1859)
  • The Alhambra and the Kremlin (1873)
  • Life of Samuel F. B. Morse (1875)
  • Irenæus Letters (1880, 1885)



  1. ^ "Charles Augustus Stoddard, D. D." Obituary Record of the Society of Alumni, Williams College 1920-1921. Seventh Series, 1920-1929, No. 2. Williamstown, Massachusetts: 70. April 1921. 
  2. ^ "Stoddard, Charles Augustus". The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography. IX. New York: James T. White & Company. 1907. p. 127. 


  • E. D. G. Prime, Notes... of the Prime Family (New York, 1888)
  • Wendell Prime (editor), "Samuel Irenaeus Prime. Autobiography and memorials (New York, 1888), [1]
  • Wikisource-logo.svg This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainGilman, D. C.; Peck, H. T.; Colby, F. M., eds. (1905). "article name needed". New International Encyclopedia (1st ed.). New York: Dodd, Mead. 
  • Autobiography in Irenæus Letters (second series, New York, 1885).

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