Whiting, Nathaniel N. (1794-1872)

Millerite author, editor, and lecturer. Born in Massachusetts, he graduated in 1815 from Union College, a Dutch Reformed institution at Schenectady, New York. He became a noted linguist. By 1819 he became the principal of the Schenectady Academy, and later received the degree of Doctor of Divinity. In 1823 he was pastor of the Dutch Reformed Church of Princeton, near Schenectady, New York. He subsequently accepted baptism by immersion and became a Baptist. He then served as pastor of the First Baptist Church of Schenectady, and then the Burnt Hills, New York, Baptist Church. In 1840 Whiting accepted the teachings of William Miller that Christ would return to this earth soon. He published an edition of the New Testament and even translated one of his tracts on the second advent into French. Whiting used the pen name “Philo” to answer critics in the Midnight Cry. He wrote as well on the inroads of Rationalism into the Christian church.

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