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 Truman Marcellus Post

Truman Marcellus Post

Birth
Middlebury, Addison County, Vermont, USA
Death 31 Dec 1886 (aged 76)
Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
Burial Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
Plot Block 111, Lot 53
Memorial ID 22914 · View Source
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Religious Leader. While studying law, he spent five months attending Andover Theological Seminary. He was a religious leader in St. Louis. While studying law, he spent five months attending Andover Theological Seminary. After moving to Jacksonville, Illinois, Post was appointed professor of ancient languages and ancient history at Illinois College. He was admitted to the Illinois bar in 1833 and was ordained a minister in 1840. After the Lovejoy riot in Alton in 1837, Post became more vocal in his antislavery sentiments. He held public debates and wrote letters demanding justice. In 1847, he became pastor of the Third Presbyterian Church in St. Louis, which later became the First Trinitarian Congregational Church. Post became the pastor of a sister congregation called the Pilgrim Church when the church reorganized again, and was known as the "father" of Congregationalism in St. Louis. A vice president of the Congregational Union, Post continued to lecture on literary and historical topics. He wrote hundreds of book reviews for various publications and was awarded the degree of doctor of divinity by Middlebury College in 1855. He spoke at the dedication ceremony at Bellefontaine Cemetery in 1850 (below is the excerpt from his speech which is inscribed on his tombstone.) "Soon the mourner shall follow the mourned, till we, and all hears that beat for us beneath these heavens, shall at last keep the long and silent rendezvous of the grave. Yea, I see the endless succession of the future hastening on, as the many waters of yonder mighty river, till the seasons weary in their round, and the sun grows weary in the sky, and time itself is sere and deathlike old. I see the world of Life itself passing, and Death's shadow falls over all. But Death himself shall perish in that hour. The great Victor of Death shall summon the pale prisoners of the grave, and they shall come forth; and then, though voice of earth's memory may have perished for ages, though the rock-hewn monument may have crumbled long cycles ago, still a record, written on no earthly marble, waits us in the great doom, and our mortal works follow us there."

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  • Added: 10 Jul 2001
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Truman Marcellus Post (6 Jun 1810–31 Dec 1886), Find A Grave Memorial no. 22914, citing Bellefontaine Cemetery, Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .