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Edward Payson Terhune (c. 1825, New Brunswick, New Jersey - May 25, 1907[1]) was an American clergyman and author.

Terhune graduated from Rutgers University in 1850, and, after the completion of his theological studies at New Brunswick seminary in 1854, was ordained to the ministry of the Presbyterian church in Virginia, becoming pastor of the congregation at Charlotte Court-House (now Smithville). In 1859 he removed to Newark, New Jersey, and took charge of the 1st Reformed church. He was the American chaplain at Rome, Italy, in 1876-1877, returned to the United States in 1878, and was pastor of a Congregational church in Springfield, Massachusetts, from 1879 till 1884, when he took charge of a Reformed church in Brooklyn, New York Rutgers gave him the degree of D. D. in 1869.--His wife, Mary Virginia, author, born in Amelia county, Virginia, about 1830, is a daughter of Samuel P. Hawes, a native of Massachusetts, who became a merchant in Virginia. She began to contribute to a weekly paper in Richmond at the age of fourteen, and two years later sent to a magazine a sketch entitled " Marrying through Prudential Motives," which was reprinted in England, translated for a French journal, retranslated into English for a London magazine, and then reproduced in its altered form in this country. In 1856 she married Mr. Terhune. She has been a large contributor of tales, sketches, and essays to magazines, edited a monthly called "Babyhood" for two years, besides conducting special departments in "Wide Awake " and "St. Nicholas," and in 1888 established a magazine called the "Home-Maker."


  • The Fallacy of Christian Science (King, 1890)
  • The Lower James: A Sketch of Certain Colonial Plantations (privately published, 1907)
  • Sermons, Vol. 1 (Biblio, 1927)


  1. ^ Herringshaw's National Library of American Biography, 5 vols, 1909-14

This article incorporates text from the public domain Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography.



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