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MITCHELL, Andrew Dinsmore, was born in York county, Pa., February 2, 1824. He graduated at Jefferson College in 1841, and afterwards spent some time in teaching. In 1844 he matriculated at Princeton Theological Seminary, where he prepared for the ministry. He came under the care of the Carlisle Presbytery in 1849 as a licentiate from the Donegal Presbytery, and at the same time calls were placed at his hands from the united charges of Paxtang and Derry. These he accepted, and in 1850 was ordained and installed pastor of that people, whom he acceptably served until 1874, when at his own request the pastoral relation was dissolved. Subsequently he declined certain positions that were offered him, but in 1876 he accepted the appointment of chaplain in the United States army by his friend, Hon. J. D. Cameron, then Secretary of War. He spent five years at the military prison of Fort Leavenworth, Kan., and was transferred in the fall of 1881 to Fort Grant, Ari., where h died on the 26th of March, 1882, aged fifty-eight years. Mr. Mitchell had also been the very acceptable stated clerk of the Carlisle Presbytery from 1857 to the year of his appointment as chaplain, 1876, when he resigned and received the special commendation of the Presbytery for his faithful services. He had been repeatedly sent as a commissioner to the General Assembly, and in 1868 he was elected moderator of the Baltimore Synod, when the Carlisle Presbytery formed a part of that body. He was very decided in his convictions, yet tolerant of the opinions of others and was a warm friend of the union between the two branches of the Presbyterian Church. Mr. Mitchell married a daughter of Dr. Benjamin J. Wiestling, of Middletown, Pa.



Historical Review of Dauphin County

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Date of Transcription: 25 February 2001

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