Portrait of the Reverend Joseph Ruggles Wilson.
The Reverend Joseph Ruggles Wilson (1822-1903) was the father of former president, Woodrow Wilson. The Reverend Wilson was installed to the pastorate at the First Presbyterian Church, Wilmington, NC in 1874. One of the longest-serving pastors of the Church, Wilson presided over many important events during his tenure, including the payment of all owed debt, the abolition of pew rents, and the inauguration of subscription and weekly contributions. Reverend Wilson resigned from the pastorate in 1885 after accepting a professorship of theology at Southwestern University.
Wilson, Joseph Ruggles, 1822-1903; First Presbyterian Church (Wilmington, N.C.)
Memorial of the First Presbyterian Church, Wilmington, N.C. Seventy-Fifthy Anniversary. 1817-1892. Richmond, Va: Whittet & Shepperson, Printers, 1893.
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