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Reverend George Duffield's Revolutionary War Pulpit On Pine Street

 
 
Reverend George Duffield's Revolutionary War Pulpit On Pine Street Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), January 13, 2023
1. Reverend George Duffield's Revolutionary War Pulpit On Pine Street Marker
Inscription.  
In 1730, the Duffield family immigrated to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania where they purchased farmland Born in 1732, George, named for his father, pursued a religious education, graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) and returned to Lancaster County as an ordained preacher. His early career was in the western Allegheny wilderness, bearing "words of courage and good cheer and hope" to scattered white settlers and to indigenous peoples.

Rev. Duffield was a "New Side" Presbyterian, influenced in the spiritual revivals of the First Great Awakening. He accepted a call to serve the Old Pine Street Church against the wishes of many "Old Side" Presbyterians.

On his first Sunday morning as our minister, he arrived to the church to find that the doors had been locked by "Old Side" sympathizers. This provoked people to flood into the church. Due to the crowd, Duffield's supporters lifted and passed him through a window and he took his place in the pulpit.

Soon a civil magistrate arrived and ordered Duffield to step down or be guilty of disobeying the Riot Act. Robert Knox, a future colonel
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of the Revolutionary War, lifted the magistrate in the air and tossed him out the door, saying, "Be gone! And disturb no more the worship of God!" Returning to his pew, he said, "Go on, Mr. Duffield." Overnight, Duffield reportedly became one of the city's most famous preachers.
 
Erected by Friends of Old Pine.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionLaw Enforcement. A significant historical year for this entry is 1730.
 
Location. 39° 56.613′ N, 75° 8.981′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. It is in Society Hill. Marker can be reached from Pine Street east of South 5th Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 421 Pine St, Philadelphia PA 19106, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Duffield and Old Pine's Role in the Revolutionary War (here, next to this marker); Duffield Sculpture / Ronn Shaffer, 1940-2019 (here, next to this marker); Here in this historic graveyard… (here, next to this marker); Rev. George Duffield, D.D. (here, next to this marker); Nature defined this sculpted stance of Rev. George Duffield… (here, next to this marker); Between 1750-1820s… (here, next to this marker);
Reverend George Duffield's Revolutionary War Pulpit On Pine Street Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), January 13, 2023
2. Reverend George Duffield's Revolutionary War Pulpit On Pine Street Marker
Old Pine Street Presbyterian Church Historic Graveyard (a few steps from this marker); Charles Pettit (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philadelphia.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 2, 2023. It was originally submitted on January 16, 2023, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 67 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 16, 2023, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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