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James P. Hendrick

James P. Hendrick

James Paul Hendrick was born on July 13, 1828 in Jessamine County, Kentucky. He was the son of a Kentucky farmer, though both of his parents died before he reached the age of 11. Raised by his brother, a Presbyterian minister, he attended Centre College and the Presbyterian Theological Seminary of New Albany, Indiana before spending time preaching and in charge of schools in both Texas and Kentucky.

In 1880, Rev. Hendrick was sent by the Ebenezer Presbytery to find a site for a new church in Eastern Kentucky. As with William Condit, he was upset with the lack of both churches and schools. When making his report to the Presbytery, Rev. Hendrick said, “My vision is that we establish a school for the mountain boys and girls who have been deprived of an education because of lack of schools and isolation in the mountain strongholds. The school must be for girls as well as for boys. I believe wholeheartedly that a girl is entitled to the same opportunity for an education as a boy.”

Mrs. Sophia Hendrick

Sophia N. (Darnall) Hendrick

Rev. Hendrick, along with Rev. Condit and Rev. Samuel B. Aderson of Maysville, made up a committee designated by the Ebenezer Presbytery to determine the location of a new school for Eastern Kentucky. The decided that Pikeville, Kentucky should be the site of the new school. Rev. Hendrick also served as one of the first members of the Board of Trustees.

James P. Hendrick died on July, 15, 1889 in his home at Flemingsburg, Kentucky. Pikeville Collegiate Institute’s first dormitory was named in his honor.

 

Resources:

Kinder, Alice. (1989). Pikeville College Looks to the Hills, 1889-1989. Pikeville, KY: Pikeville College.

Hendrick, William J. (1907). Rev. James P. Hendrick, D.D. Memoirs: With an Appendix Containing History of Ebenezer Presbytery and Other Papers. Cambridge, MA: Riverside Press.


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