Pierce, Leroy Matthew
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Birth: 01/14/1842, Olney, ILADDITIONAL INFORMATION
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Pierce, Leroy Matthew, of Blackstone, Mass., son of Alvah Warren and Lydia (Atwood) Pierce, was born at Olney, Ill., Jan. 14, 1842, and became a Vermonter by adoption. The removal of his parents from Londonderry to Illinois and their subsequent return a few years later when their son was three or four years of age, explains the situation.
His education began at the old time academies in Londonderry and Springfield and he entered Middlebury College in 1861 but did not graduate until 1866, for while a student he passed some time away as a delegate of the Christian commission in the hospitals of Washington, D. C., City Point, Va., and in the Army of the Potomac. Returning to Middlebury he resumed his studies in a succeeding class. At college he was prominent in society work and was president of the fraternity of the various chapters in the different colleges of Delta Upsilon and a member of the Phi Beta Kappa. He was the salutatorian of his class and also received the Waldo prize for scholarship and good behavior.
Shortly after graduation at Andover Theological Seminary of Massachusetts, where he had passed the years from 1866 to 1869, he went to Glenwood, Mo., where he was ordained Feb. 4, 1870, and labored as a home missionary for about two years. In 1871 he returned East and received a call to preach in the Congregational church at Provincetown, Mass., which he accepted and served there until failing health caused an interruption of his ministry after about a year's occupancy of the pastorate. He resumed the work of the ministry at Bernardston, Mass., becoming pastor of the Congregational church, and remained there for ten years, from 1873 to 1883. In the summer and autumn of 1883 he visited Europe in company with Mrs. Pierce. In the spring of 1884 he began his present connection as the pastor of the Congregational church in Blackstone, Mass. While a busy minister, Mr. Pierce has devoted considerable time to private study, especially botany, and the Hebrew Bible, in both of which he has attained proficiency for one who is not a teacher of those branches.
Mr. Pierce was married, May 24, 1876, to Catherine, daughter of the late Hon. William and Abbie Hard Billings of Arlington.
Source: Jacob G. Ullery, compiler, Men of Vermont: An Illustrated Biographical History of Vermonters and Sons of Vermont, (Transcript Publishing Company, Brattleboro, VT, 1894), Part III, pp. 125.