Rev. Richard Harcourt Obituary, 22 Mar 1911, Reading Times, Reading, PA

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Rev. Richard Harcourt Obituary, 22 Mar 1911, Reading Times, Reading, PA - JVlrs, REV. RICHARD HARCOURT Sketch of the Life...
JVlrs, REV. RICHARD HARCOURT Sketch of the Life of a Former Pastor of the People's Church, Rending Baltimore Sun, March 16, 1911. '.Rev, Richard Harcourt, D, D., aged, 70 years, who died at the residence, of his daughter. Mrs. John W. Pulls, 10 Longwood Road, Roland ark, Md., "Wednesday evening, March 15, at 7 o'clock, was one of the most' distin guished citizens of Baltimore. He was a lecturer of note, an author of sev eral epoch - making volumes especial, ly his well - known book entitled "The Conspiracy Against the Public Schools" and a patriotic and fear'ess Ameri can citizen, who believed in individual and personal liberty of every klnd'for every man. Dr. Harcourt had 'been ill for several months from a complication complication of diseases, and his age and vitality vitality being against him he succumbed succumbed to the disease. Dr. Harcourt was born at Newry, Courty Down, in the North of Ireland, of Scotch - English parentage, June 8, 1840. He was educated in the national national schools until he was 17 years of age, when the American spirit gripped him so firmly that he left for this" country alone. He began a business career In Albany, N. Y where he was converted to Methodism under the preaching: of Bishop John P. Newman. He was a Wesleyan alumnus and a graduate of the Boston School of Theology Theology and received the degree of doctor doctor of divinity from the Ohio University University in 18S5. . - The lirst charge of the Rev. Dr. Harcourt was In New Hampshire, from which charge he was transferred to Newark, N. J., in the year 18SG. The next year he married Miss Annie E. Vail, of Staten Island, N. Y., the daughter of Rev. Hayden X. Vail, the famous founder of the first school of Methodist Theology in the United States. From 1870 to 1875 he was editor of the New York publication, entitled Pulpit and Pew, and from 1874 for about a year edited the Sentinel Sentinel in the same city. He was pastor of Gra.ce Methodist Episcopal church in this city from 1S91 to 1S95. Dr. Harcourt had a wide reputa tion as a lecturer and, had written ex tensively. Among his more Important Important works are "The Rise and Growth of Methodism on Staten Island," "The American Standard Dictionary and Home Encyclopedia," "The Pastor's Visiting Boqk and Pocket Ritual, "The Future of Our Country: The Is sues of the Hour," "The Boer War,' American Imperialism" and "The Great Conspiracy Against the Aimeri can Public School," Ho was eonsid erea an undisputed authority as a speaker upon American subjects, and his views on national issues were al ways in great demand. Since his in ability to preach, many of his sermons have been published, in the Asbury Park Press, and he contributed constantly constantly to the Jersey City papers. Sev eral years ago he made a tour of Eu rope and his letters home appeared regularly in the Sun, to which he has oeen a loyal subscriber for many years. He was the first clergyman to introduce the individual communion cups in this city. Several years ago he held services in the old Lyceum Theatre, Theatre, on Charles street. - He is survived by his widow and five daughters, The latter are Mrs, John W. Pulis, Mrs. Oliver P. Hagerty, of Port Deposit; Mrs, V. K. Klejnf alter, Jonathan Hohe, Jr., of Valley Falls. N. Y., and, Miss Blanche Harcourt, Harcourt, The funeral took place Friday, March 17, at 2 p. m. from the heme of Mrs. Pulis. The interment was made in Druid Ridge cemetery, near Pikesville. Rev. Dr. W. L. McDowell, of Roland Park Methodist Eposcopal church, officiated, assisted by Rev. W. V. Mallalieu and Rev. U. Herbert Richardson. Dr. Harcourt supplied tne pulpit of Memorial Church of the Holy Cross, Reading, between the departure of Dr. Gaul and the - coming of Dr. W. A. Shanklin. He was persuaded by a number of friends and admirers to accept accept the charge of the old Fourth Street church, which he did, and established established what is now the People's church. He filled that pulpit two and a half years, and pleased and helped many people by his excellent and pro found preaching. Many friends in Heading will mourn his loss. TO MOVE TO ALLENTOWN is forty served a in It on ed the het but

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Reading Times (Reading, Pennsylvania)22 Mar 1911, WedPage 4
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