B. M. Palmer (1818-1902), wrote Thomas Cary Johnson, “was sprung of excellent stock and born into the midst of a civilization at once unique, commanding, and noble.”  He was born in Charleston of English ancestry to Edward and Sarah Bunce Palmer.  His father was a noted pastor in the low country of South Carolina, and his uncle, Benjamin Morgan Palmer, was a leading churchman and pastor of the famous Circular Church of Charleston.  He carried his uncle’s name and possessed the sound convictions and irreproachable reputation of both uncle and father.  His station in life was that of a gentleman.  He was never disqualified from this station and used it as a platform to proclaim his convictions about man and God, country and cause. . .

Palmer pastored several influential urban churches for sixty-two years – First Presbyterian Church, Savannah, Georgia (1841-1843), First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina (1843-1855), and First Presbyterian Church, New Orleans, Louisiana (1856-1902).  He also taught in the theological seminary at Columbia, South Carolina, on two occasions (1854-1856, 1862-1863), and gained a national reputation as “the most magnificent pulpit orator.”

From: Selected Writings of Benjamin Morgan Palmer: Articles written for The Southwestern Presbyterian in the Years 1869-1870 edited by Caleb Cangelosi and C. N. Wilborn (Edinburgh: The Banner of Truth Trust, 2014), pp. xiii-xiv.

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