Nathaniel S Beman. S., an American clergyman, born at New Lebanon, N. Y., in 1785, died at Carbondale, 111., Aug. 8,1871. He graduated at Middlebury college in 1807, studied theology, and about 1810 was ordained pastor of a Congregational church in Portland, Me. Two or three years later he went as a missionary to Georgia, where he devoted himself especially to the work of establishing educational institutions. In 1822 he became pastor of the first (and at that time the only) Presbyterian church in Troy, N. Y. He retained the charge of this church more than 40 years, and became a leading member of his denomination, entering warmly into the temperance, moral reform, revival, and anti-slavery movements of his time. In 1831 he was moderator of the general assembly of the Presbyterian church; and during the discussions which in 1837 led to the disruption of that church he was the leader of the New School branch. In 1863 he resigned the pastoral office, and for the remainder of his. life resided in Troy or with his daughter in Illinois. Dr. Beman was among the most cultivated scholars and eloquent preachers of the American church.
Many of his sermons, addresses, and essays have been separately printed; he also published a volume containing "Four Sermons on the Atonement," and was, by appointment of the general assembly, one of the compilers of the hymn book adopted by the New School branch of the Presbyterian church.