Most of the Puritans were Presbyterians. And the Congregational churches that rose out of the congregations of the Puritans worked in close cooperation with the
Presbyterians. "Theologically the two were akin."1 The state organizations in New England of the Congregationalists and the Presbyterian General Assembly had exchanged delegates beginning in the 1790s. They cooperated in sending missionaries, in the Home Missionary Society, and in the American Bible Society (begun in 1816).2
Forty-nine colleges and universities, many of them now secular were started by the Presbyterians.3
Many of the Presbyterians in the United States were from the Scot-Irish settlers that had moved to northern Ireland, and left Ireland when the economic situation deterioted. Charles T. Russell's family were part of this group.
PRESBYTERIANS PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN THE LODGES Various Presbyterian ministers have played important roles in the Masonic Lodges. Presbyterian minister James Anderson was responsible for the Masonic Constitution and the development of modern Freemasonry.4 Presbyterian minister James Allan Cabiniss wrote the Grand Lodge of Mississippi's official history, which was published in 1967 by the Grand Lodge.
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