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Presbyterianism in American started in Maryland. Francis Makemie, a missionary, spurred interest in Presbyterianism, and his work led to the establishment of five Presbyterian churches in the new colonies. Makemie was also responsible for the first Presbytery in America. He united all of the Presbyterian congregations in America under his leadership. The giant mass of Scotch Irish immigrants in the 18th century fueled the American Presbyterian church, because many of them were already Presbyterian. From Maryland, the Presbyterian church spread throughout the colonies and formed churches in all thirteen of them.

Contacts and Sources

Presbyterian Historical Society
425 Lombard Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147-1516
Telephone: (215) 627-1852

Ferguson Memorial Library
Presbyterian Church of Australia
G.P.O. Box 100
Sydney, New South Wales 2001
Telephone: 011 61 (29) 319-2655

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