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Friday, February 13, 2015
President Lincoln had a spiritual advisor. His name was
Phineas Gurley, his family moved to Parishville in the early 1800s.
He graduated from Union College in 1837 and then entered the Theological School at Princeton, NJ. The same year he married Emma Brooks, born in Parishville, NY. They eventually ended up at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC. He was elected Chaplain to the U.S. Senate in 1859 and was pastor of several presidents of the United States, including Lincoln.
Rev Gurley's daughter Frances Mary was born in Washington, but spend her summers in Potsdam with her uncle, E.D. Brooks, who lived on Elm Street. Around the summer of 1859 or 1860, she met and fell in love a handsome young cadet who was home from West Point Military Academy. His name was William Elderkin. Elderkin Street was named for his family.
When the war broke out in 1861, Miss Gurley's father was called to the White House by President Lincoln for some spiritual advising. As his favorite pastor was departing, he inquired how the young daughter was doing and suggested it might be easier for her and young Elderkin to marry before he shipped off to the front. The president asked his pastor to send the daughter over to see him. Lincoln and Frances, her nick name was Fanny, spoke and she protested that she did not have an proper dress. The president said to leave the details up to him. He sent a carriage out and obtained a dress, slippers etc...for the bride.
The president sent a dispatch immediately to Elderkin giving him leave to be married the next morning. Rev. Gurley married the couple and the President stood by Miss Gurley's side giving her advice on how to be happy in marriage.
He is quoted as saying: " Have a home of your own, if it's only one room, with a stove in one corner and a bed in the other, have a home of your own. ...Stay with your husband when you can. Don't let a third party interfere between you two; stay by yourselves. Never trouble trouble till trouble troubles you".
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