Van Dyke, Henry

Van Dyke, Henry (1852 - 1933)


Born November 10, 1852, in Germantown, Pennsylvania, and educated in theology at Brooklyn Polytechnic, Princeton, and Berlin, Henry Van Dyke worked twenty years as a minister, first in Newport, Rhode Island, from 1879 to 1883 and next in New York until 1899. His Christmas sermons, his essays, and his short stories made him a popular writer. His poems reveal a classical education as well as a common touch in matters of faith. He became Professor of English Literature at Princeton in 1900. During World War I he acted as American Minister to the Netherlands (913-16) and then naval chaplain, for which he was awarded the Legion of Honour. He died April 10, 1933.

  • Buggeln, John D. "van Dyke, Henry." American National Biography Online. American Council of Learned Societies: Oxford University Press, 2000.
  • Van Dyke, Tertius. Henry Van Dyke; a biography, by his son. New York: Harper 1935. PS 3118 .V3 Robarts Library.
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Van Dyke
Birth Date
November 10, 1852
Death Date
April 10, 1933
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  • Minister

  • Professor

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