(Sept. 24, 1810-July 29, 1900). Nineteenth-century leader of the evangelical party. He was born in Shaftesbury, Vermont. Dyer graduated from Kenyon College in 1833 and studied at Bexley Hall. He was ordained deacon on Sept. 7, 1834, and priest on Sept. 11, 1836. Dyer taught school for a while. In 1840 he became a professor at the Western University of Pennsylvania in Pittsburgh; and from 1844 until 1849 he was president of the university. In 1849 he moved to Philadelphia where he worked for the American Sunday School Union. Later he became secretary and general manager of the Evangelical Knowledge Society. In 1854 he moved to New York to edit the Episcopal Quarterly Review. Dyer was critical of those evangelicals who left the Episcopal Church and organized the Reformed Episcopal Church. Records of an Active Life (1886), his autobiography, went through numerous editions. He died in New York.
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