REV. THOMAS K. NOBLE, NORWALK: Pastor First Congregational Church.
Rev. Thomas Kimball Noble was born in Norway, Me., Jan. to, 1832, and was educated at Bowdoin College and Bangor
After the completion of his studies he was elected master of the High School in Augusta and remained there for
five years, preparing students for Yale, Harvard, and other New England colleges. During the war he was in charge
for seven months of the Christian Commission at the Army of the Potomac headquarters, the hospital in connection
with the work being designed for the accommodation of 15,000 patients. Subsequently he accepted the chaplaincy
of Gen. Charles Howard's old regiment. By order of the Secretary of War he was detached from this position and
assigned to duty on the staff of Gen. Scott, Department of the South, occupying the position for eighteen months.
He was then transferred to the staff of Gen. Jeff. C. Davis with headquarters at Louisville, Ky., where he remained
for two years, when he was again transferred to the staff of Gen: Burbank, who was Gen. Davis's successor. This
position he retained for one year, when he accepted a call to the Jennings Avenue Seminarytional church in Cleveland,
O. The pastorate of this church was occupied for three years and a half. During that period an embarrassing debt
on the church was extinguished and the membership trebled. In 1872, having declined a call to the Winthrop church
in Boston, which possessed a membership in excess of 600. Mr. Noble accepted the pastorate of Plymouth church in
San Francisco, where he remained for fourteen years. During this time a beautiful church edifice was constructed
and the church membership increased by 700 or more. Impaired health compelled him to resign the pastorate in San
Francisco in 1886, and he traveled extensively through England and the Continent, visiting France, Belgium, Holland,
Switzerland, Germany, and Italy, during the succeeding months. On his return he supplied the pulpit of the Eastern
Presbyterian church in Washington, D. C., for more than two years. The membership of the church was doubled and
the congregation trebled during this period. Declining a call to the pastorate of the church permanently, he removed
north and accepted the pastoral office of the First Congregational church in Norwalk, one of the oldest organizations
in the state and the mother of eight surrounding churches. During his paspstorate the San Francisco church he was
one of the lecturers in the Pacific Theological Seminary, and for seven years was the department chaplain of the
Grand Army in California and Nevada. He is still a member of Lincoln Post of San Francisco. He is also a member
of the Clerical Union Club and of the Aldine Club, both of New York city. His wife, who is still living, is a sister
of Professor Bradbury of Cambridge, Mass. He has two daughters, both of whom are residing in San Francisco. In
politics Mr. Noble is a republican.
Illustrated Popular Biography
Compiled and Published by J. A. Spalding
Press of the Case, Lockwood & Brainard Co.
Hartford, Conn. 1891
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