William B. Lambert

Cumberland Presbyterian Minister

1824 - 1852


This name has been borne by a large circle of men who have served as faithful ministers and elders in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

The subject of this sketch was the son of Rev. Jordan Lambert, who was one of seven brothers, four of whom were ministers and three elders. He was born in Tennessee, April 26th, 1824. While a youth his parents removed to Monroe county, Arkansas, whence he afterwards came to Princeton, Kentucky, and became a student in Cumberland College. A short time after, with his brother, Robert R. Lambert, he enlisted as a private soldier in the Mexican war, at the close of which he returned to college, and was graduated in 1849. He was received as a candidate for the ministry by Princeton Presbytery, and was licensed to preach by the same body in session at Bethlehem, Caldwell county, Kentucky. Immediately after graduation he located at Newburgh, Indiana, and taught a year and a half in Delaney Academy. At this place he was married to Miss Mary J. Phelps, daughter of Elder A. M. Phelps, March 17th, 1850. He was ordained by Indiana Presbytery at Hermon church, Knox county, September 30, 1850, Rev. J. Neely preaching the sermon, and Rev. B. Hall presiding and giving the charge. In April of the next year he took charge of the congregation at Evansville, which enjoyed an unusual degree of prosperity under his ministrations. His career, however, was brief. He was suddenly cut down by cholera at Louisville, June 4th, 1852, just at the time his congregation had completed their new house of worship.

Says a highly respected minister who knew him well:--"He was a man of more than medium ability. A lover of knowledge, he had for his age acquired a very respectable library of choice books, to which he was frequently adding. He was conscientious in his habits of study, and could not tolerate attempts to preach without due preparation. He was a growing minister; earnest, not boisterous, and simple as a child in his manner. He gave promise of a bright and useful future. As a citizen he was affable, kind, benevolent, at all times approachable. He died without an enemy among men, and at peace with God. I loved him tenderly, and it is with mournful sadness I bring his memory so close to me, and think of the day of his funeral, and the dark pall that settled over us at the loss of one so dear."
[Source: Darby, Rev. W. J. and Rev. J. E. Jenkins. Cumberland Presbyterianism in Southern Indiana: Being a History of Indiana Presbytery and an Account of the Proceedings of its Fiftieth Anniversary Held at Princeton, Indiana, April 13-18, 1876, Together with Various Addresses and Communications, and a Sermon on the Doctrines of the Church. Published by the Presbytery, 1876, pages 56-57]

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