John Scudder, an American missionary, born in New Brunswick, N. J., Sept. 3, 1793, died at Wynberg, Cape of Good Hope, Jan. 13, 1855. He graduated at Princeton in 1813, studied medicine, and settled in New York. He subsequently offered himself to the American board as a missionary, studied theology, and in 1819 was ordained as a minister of the Reformed Dutch church on board the ship which carried him to India. For 19 years he labored in Ceylon, where he conducted a large hospital. In 1839 he was transferred to Madras. In 1842 he visited America, and after his return to India in 1846 resumed his labors, but in 1854 went for his health to the Capo of Good Hope. He published "The Redeemer's Last Command," "The Harvest Perishing," "An Appeal to Mothers," "Knocking at the Door," "Passing over Jordan," "Letters to Children on Missionary Subjects," "Grandpapa and Little Mary," etc. - His eight sons and two daughters all became missionaries. One, the Rev. Henry Martyn Scudder, returned to America in 1864, and became pastor of a Presbyterian church in San Francisco in 1865, and of a Congregational church in Brooklyn in 1871.