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Speer House

American Presbyterian and Reformed Historical Site

 
 
Speer House Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 5, 2009
1. Speer House Marker
Inscription.
Home of R. Milton Speer
Congressman, 1870-1874, and his Sons:
William McMurtrie Speer, 1865-1923
Newspaperman and Lawyer
Robert E. Speer, 1867-1947
Missionary Statesman
and Church Leader
Victor Speer, 1872-1909
Newspaperman and Poet

This house was built in 1850 by
Greenbury Dorsey on Lot No. 10
Owned originally by William Smith, D.D.
Founder of Huntingdon in 1767
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American Presbyterian and Reformed
Historical Site No. 23
Registered by the
Presbyterian Historical Society
Philadelphia, Pa.
(Marker Number 23.)
 
Location. 40° 29.024′ N, 78° 0.525′ W. Marker is in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, in Huntingdon County. Marker is at the intersection of Penn Street (Pennsylvania Route 26) and William Smith (3rd) Street, on the right when traveling east on Penn Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 234 Penn Street, Huntingdon PA 16652, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Onojutta Juniata Achsinnink Standing Stone (a few steps from this marker); 228 Penn Street (within shouting distance of this marker); David R. Porter
Speer House Presbyterian Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 5, 2009
2. Speer House Presbyterian Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Huntingdon County (within shouting distance of this marker); 222 Penn Street (within shouting distance of this marker); War Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); J. Simpson Africa (about 400 feet away); McMurtrie Mansion (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Huntingdon.
 
Regarding Speer House. The Speer House is one of 445 American Presbyterian and Reformed Historical Sites registered between 1973 and 2003 by the Presbyterian Historical Society (PHS), headquartered in Philadelphia. Approved sites received a metal plaque featuring John Calvin’s seal and the site’s registry number (PHS marker location in front of building).

The following text is taken from the Presbyterian Historical Society website:

In this three story brick townhouse at 234 Penn Street, Robert E. Speer was born on 10 September 1867. Prominent Presbyterian layman and religious statesman, Speer was secretary of the Board of Foreign Missions of the Presbyterian Church in the USA for forty-six years. He was elected moderator
Speer House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, November 8, 2015
3. Speer House Marker
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior circa 1850
of that church's General Assembly in 1927, and also served as president of the Federal Council of Churches and of the Foreign Missions Conference of North America. Author of many books on religion and missions, Dr. Speer's first book, The Man Christ Jesus, was published in 1896. Robert E. Speer died in 1947 and the new library at Princeton Theological Seminary was named in his honor.

 
Also see . . .
1. Robert Milton Speer's Congressional Bio. (Submitted on February 8, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Robert Milton Speer Grave Memorial. (Submitted on February 9, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Huntingdon Borough, Pennsylvania. (Submitted on February 9, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Speer House-Front view showing NRHP marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, November 8, 2015
4. Speer House-Front view showing NRHP marker
Speer House image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 5, 2009
5. Speer House
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 7, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 8, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 627 times since then and 32 times this year. Last updated on August 24, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. Photos:   1. submitted on February 9, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   2. submitted on February 12, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   3, 4. submitted on November 20, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland.   5. submitted on February 9, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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