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Harlan G. Mendenhall papers


Identifier: 2011-21-0

Scope and Contents

The Harlan G. Mendenhall papers (2011-21-0, .43 linear feet) consist of correspondence and historical and biographical notes assembled by Mendenhall for use in writing a history of Litchfield. The collection also includes an Oct. 3, 1839, letter from the Committee of the Chapel Street Congregational Church inviting John Colton to become pastor and an Apr. 1846 unsigned letter to Horace Greely of The New York Tribune regarding the next president of Yale College.


  • created: 1839-1933
  • Other: Date acquired: 03/04/2012


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Biographical or Historical Information

Harlan George Mendenhall was born in Coatsville, Pa., Apr. 12, 1851, the son of Washington B. and Susan Harlan Mendenhall. He was graduated from Lafayette College in 1874 and later from the Western Theological Seminary at Pittsburgh. Previously he had been on the staff of the Springfield (Mass.) Republican. He was ordained a Presbyterian minister in 1875. Mendenhall was pastor of churches at Fort Wayne, Ind., Pittsburgh, Mercersburg, Pa., and Grand Forks, N.D. between 1875 and 1889. In the latter year, he began a two year term as president of the Jamestown (N.D.) College. He then was called to Brooklyn as pastor of the Greene Avenue Presbyterian Church. Five years later he went to Kansas City, Mo., as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church. In 1900, he was pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Perth Amboy, N.J. and four years later was called to the Chelsea Presbyterian Church in West 23rd St., New York City. In 1915, he became pastor emeritus. From 1911 to 1913 Mendenhall was president of the Presbyterian Ministers Association of New York City. He was president of the Presbyterian Union in 1918 and 1919. In 1916-17 he was Moderator of The Synod of New York and from 1916 to 1922, the Presbytery of New York. He was Stated Clerk of the Presbytery from 1922 to 1932, when he becmae States Clerk emeritus. For nine times he served as a commissioner of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States between 1892 and 1919. He was the author of Presbyterianism in Perth Amboy, and also an unpublished work on the History of the Presbyterian Church. In 1882 he married Mary Brewer, who died in 1883. In 1904 he married Lillian Peck of New York who survived him. Mendenhall had been a resident of Litchfield since 1913 and had until shortly before his death been engaged in a history of Litchfield. He died on May 15, 1940.

Note written by Litchfield Enquirer, May 23, 1940


0.43 Linear Feet

1 document box other_unmapped

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Source of Acquisition

Found in collection.

Method of Acquisition

At the time of the creation of the finding aid, the donor was unknown. The curator's report of 1940 notes "Many of Dr. Mendenhall's papers and memoranda of valuable information have been given to the Society" by Mrs. H.G. Mendenhal. An additional loan of artifacts was made in 1941.

Existence and Location of Originals

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Other Descriptive Information

This collection was processed with support from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Harlan G. Mendenhall papers
Leith Johnson
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Repository Details

Part of the Litchfield Historical Society Repository

7 South Street
P.O. Box 385
Litchfield CT 06759
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