Henry Van Dyke
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died At Age: 80
Born in: Philadelphia
Famous as: Author, Educator, & Clergyman
Spouse/Ex-: Ellen Reid
father: Henry Jackson van Dyke
mother: Henrietta Ashmead
siblings: Paul van Dyke
children: Tertius van Dyke
place of death: Princeton
education: Princeton University, Princeton Theological Seminary
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A multitalented personality, Henry Van Dyke was an American author, educator, and clergyman, known for his works which included short stories, poems, and essays. He believed in sympathy for man, fostering companionship with nature, and promoting a reverent view of life. He was an influential writer and contributed in various other fields such as religion, literature, education, diplomacy, public service, and nature. Van Dyke was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters and received many other honors. He was a successful minister and served efficiently to his country when he became the Minister to the Netherlands and Luxembourg in 1913. His important works include “The Poetry of Tennyson” (1889), “The Other Wise Man” (1896) and “The First Christmas Tree“(1897). Early Life Henry Van Dyke was born on November 10, 1852 in Germantown, Pennsylvania. His parents were Henrietta Ashmead and Henry Jackson Van Dyke. His father was a respected Presbyterian clergyman and his early influence to become a minister. Dyke attended the Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute and received his M. A. from Princeton University in 1876. Then he headed towards Germany where he studied for two years at the University of Berlin. In 1879, Dyke joined the Presbyterian ministry and four years later became the pastor of the famous Brick Presbyterian Church in New York City. In very short time, he gained national reputation for his preaching. Dyke gave his first sermon on “The Voice of God”, which themed on hearing God in nature. His love of outdoors became a part of his Christianity and later he turned into a conversationalist, speaking out for the preservation of nature. His dual belief in nature and religion influenced his literary criticism as well as his other writings.
HENRY VAN DYKE TIMELINE
Was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania.
Received his M.A. from Princeton University.
Joined the Presbyterian ministry.
Married Ellen Reid of Baltimore.
Became the pastor of the famous Brick Presbyterian Church in New York City.
His first book, “The Reality of Religion” was published.
His important literary criticism, “The Poetry of Tennyson” was published.
His book, “The True Presbyterian Doctrine of the Church” and “The Bible As It Is” was published.
His book, “The Christ Child in Art” was published.
His important books like “The Gospel of an Age of Doubt” and “The Story of the Other Wise Man” were published.
Became the Murray Professor of English Literature at Princeton University.
Became a visiting lecturer at the University of Paris.
Was appointed as the ambassador to the Netherlands and Luxembourg.
Returned to Princeton.
Retired from the post.
Died at his home in Princeton, New Jersey.
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