JOSHUA NOBLE DANFORTH, (1798–1861) was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. He was the eldest son of the Hon. Joshua Danforth, who was a colonel in the Revolutionary War. He was consecrated to the ministry of the Gospel at birth by his mother. He entered Williams College and graduated with full honors at the top of his class. In the last year of college, he had a spiritual encounter with the Holy Spirit and dedicated himself to “submission to the will of God and the merits of Jesus Christ.” He then attended Princeton Theological Seminary. He became a pastor at the Presbyterian Church at New Castle, Delaware, but soon moved to an unproven church in Washington, D.C. and had tremendous growth for three years. He then was an Agent of the Colonization Society for a time. He moved to a Congregational Church in Lee, Massachusetts and met with success. He moved to Alexandria, D.C. to the Second Presbyterian Church and built a new church building. He went back to American Colonization Society to help the colored race. He received a D.D. degree from Newark College in 1855. His ministry was often characterized by revivals. He wrote for many periodicals, signed J.N.D.
Books he wrote:
Alarm to the Citizens of Washington (An), or, An Exposure of the Evils of Intemperance.
Brief Sketch of the Last Hours of the Rev. Solomon Allen (A), who died in the city of New-York, January 19, 1821.
Conversations on Fundamental Points in Religion Between Pastor and Parishioner.
Discourse for the National Fast, appointed by the President of the United States, to be observed, May 14, 1841.
Faithful Elder, a Memoir of David M. Wilson (The); for thirty years a ruling elder in the Fourth Presbyterian church, and in the Western Presbyterian church of the city of Washington.
George Lovell: An Authentic Narrative.
Gleanings and Groupings from A Pastor's Portfolio.
Memoir of William C. Walton, late pastor of the Second Presbyterian Church in Alexandria, D.C., and of the Free Church in Hartford, Conn.
Twelve reasons why all the people of New England should engage heart and hand in supporting the Colonization Society, with notices of some popular objections.