John Hall, an American clergyman, born in the county Armagh, Ireland, July 31, 1829. He entered Belfast college when he was only 13 years old, and, notwithstanding his extreme youth, was repeatedly Hebrew prize man. He was licensed to preach at the age of 20, and at once engaged in labor as a missionary in the west of Ireland. In 1852 he was installed pastor of the first Presbyterian church at Armagh, and in 1858 he was called to the church of Mary's Abbey, now Rutland square, in Dublin. He was an earnest friend of popular education, and received from the queen the honorary appointment of commissioner of education for Ireland. In 1867 he was a delegate from the general assembly of the Presbyterian church in Ireland to the Presbyterian churches of the United States. After his return to Ireland he received by the telegraph cable a call to the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian church in New York, which he accepted, entering upon his labors on Nov. 3, 1867. The church edifice having become insufficient for his congregation, they are now (1874) building for him, at a cost of about $900,000, a church which when completed will be the largest Presbyterian church in New York, if not in the world.
Dr. Hall is often called to preach in other cities at the installation of clergymen, the dedication of churches, etc.; and he was selected to preach the funeral sermon of Chief Justice Chase, who belonged to a different denomination. He has published "Family Prayers for Four Weeks" (1868), "Papers for Home Reading" (1871), and "Questions of the Day" (1873). Dr. Hall is universally regarded as an earnest and eloquent preacher; and though he speaks extemporaneously, his sermons bear marks of great refinement and finish.