Biography of Drury Lacy
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Lacy, Drury, born in Chesterfield county, Virginia, October 5, 1758, son of William and Elizabeth (Rice) Lacy, grandson of Thomas and Ahn (Burnley) Lacy, and of James and Margaret (House) Rice; in early life he lost his left hand from the explosion of a gun, therefore was incapacitated from manual labor, and accordingly he acquired a thorough knowledge of the classical languages, and in 1781 was offered the position of tutor in Hampden Sidney College, which he accepted, serving in that capacity for some time; he studied theology under the preceptorship of Dr. John Blair Smith. president of Hampden Sidney College, and was licensed to preach in September, 1787, and ordained in October, 1788, in which year he was elected vice president of the college, and upon Dr. Smith's resignation, in the year 1791, succeeded to the presidency, filling that honorable position until 1796, when he tendered his resignation, which was accepted. and during the remainder of his life he devoted his time and attention to supplying neighboring churches and also taught a classical school; he served as moderator of the general assembly of the Presbyterian church in 1809, and as clerk of the Hanover Presbytery during the greater part of his ministry; the loss of his hand was supplied by one of silver, and this fact, together with his clear and musical voice, gained for him the name of "Lacy with the silver hand and silver tongue;" his death occurred in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, December 6, 1815.

Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography
Volume II
By: Lyon Gardiner Tyler, LL. D.
Lewis Historical Publishing Company
New York 1915

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