President Lincoln Confront Issues of Church and State

December 27, 1862

President Lincoln meets with Attorney General Edward Bates, a Missouri native and Samuel B. McPheeters, pastor of Pine Street Presbyterian Church in St. Louis.  Rev. McPheeters and his wife had been ordered to leave Missouri by a provost marshal Franklin A. Dick because of McPheeters’s expressed sympathy for the Confederate rebellion.   President Lincoln decides that McPheeters’ expulsion is unwise and orders General Samuel Curtis: “Let the order in regard to Dr. McPheters and family be suspended until you hear from me again.”  Eventually, Rev. McPheeters’ own congregation expels him from the pastorate.

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