Ashbel Green, an American clergyman, born at Hanover, N. J., July 6, 1762, died in Philadelphia, May 19, 1848. He graduated at the college of New Jersey in 1783, and was tutor and professor of mathematics and natural philosophy there till licensed to preach in 1786; was ordained as colleague pastor of the second Presbyterian church in Philadelphia in May, 1787, and became pastor on the death of Dr. Sproat in 1793. He was chaplain of congress from 1792 to 1800. In 1809 he had a primary agency in forming the Philadelphia Bible society. He was one of the originators and most efficient friends of the theological seminary at Princeton. In 1812 he became president of Princeton college, but resigned in 1822 and returned to Philadelphia, where during the next 12 years he edited the monthly "Christian Advocate." He also preached to an African congregation for two years and a half, and rendered many important services in aid of the general interests of the church. Dr. Green was a clear, bold, and effective preacher, and an able college president. He was for nearly half a century one of the leading men of the Presbyterian church.
He published a "Discourse delivered in the College of New Jersey, with a History of the College" (Boston, 1822); a "History of Presbyterian Missions;" "Lectures on the Shorter Catechism" (2 vols.); 11 discourses, and various addresses, reports, etc.