First Presbyterian Church

First Presbyterian Church (HMAIH)

Location: Chattanooga, TN 37402 Hamilton County
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Country: United States of America
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N 35° 2.764', W 85° 18.134'

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This church, founded June 21, 1840, by missionaries to the Cherokee Indians from the brainerd Mission and others, is Chattanooga's oldest with record of its founding date. During the Civil War, its building at 7th and Market streets was shelled by the Union Army and used as a hospital. During that time, the Reverend Thomas H. McCallie, pastor, ministered from his home one block west of here. Completed in 1910, this church building at the church's fifth location was designed by the noted New York firm of McKim, Mead, and White. (continued)

In 1981, the Medical Arts building, erected in 1928, was added as a part of the church. This church began Chattanooga's first Sunday School, began many other Presbyterian churches in the area, and on January 17, 1926, while Dr. Joseph G. Venable was pastor, began a Sunday radio broadcast, among the longest running radio broadcasts in the United States. Three pastors- Dr. Jonathan W. Bachman, Dr. James L. Fowle, and Ben Haden - served over 120 years.
Marker Number2A 100
Placed ByTennessee Historical Commission
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Date Added Sunday, August 31st, 2014 at 11:22pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 654844 N 3879469
Decimal Degrees35.04606667, -85.30223333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 2.764', W 85° 18.134'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 2' 45.84" N, 85° 18' 8.04" W
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Area Code(s)423, 931
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 550-580 McCallie Ave, Chattanooga TN 37402, US
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