Albert Barnes was an American theologian born in Rome, New York, on December 1st, 1798. He graduated from Hamilton College in 1820 and Princeton Theological Seminary in 1823. Barnes was ordained as a Presbyterian minister by the presbytery of Elizabethtown, New Jersey, in 1825, and became the pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Morristown, New Jersey from 1825 to1830. He was also the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia from 1830 to 1867. He was an eloquent preacher, but his reputation rests chiefly on his expository works, which are said to have had a larger circulation than any others of their class. Barnes wrote several works of a practical and devotional kind, and a collection of his Theological Works was published in Philadelphia in 1875. He died in Philadelphia on December 24th, 1870.