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Sinex, Thomas Henry, 1824-1898

 
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Pacific Grove Hometown Bulletin, CA Aug. 2, 2006
Board and Batton, April/May 1991
T. H. Sinex was born in New Albany, Indiana on January 3rd, 1824. He graduated From the Asbury University When nineteen years of age. The same year he was licensed to preach and admitted on trial in the Indiana Conference. He married Miss Mary E. Ward on September 18, 1848. They had a daughter named Ella, who married Milus Gay. Dr. Sinex was successively professor of Latin and Greek in his alma mater, principal of a female college in New Albany, and president of Albion College in Michigan. He was a member of the general conference in 1864, and shortly afterward came to California. In 1867, he became president of the Methodist University at Santa Clara. In 1875, at the 23rd Methodist Conference, the Pacific Grove Retreat was placed among the appointments. At first the care of the grounds, the preparation and oversight of the various meetings held there was all the duty required; but as people began to go there and live it became a town and the location of a church. In 1885, T.H. Sinex was appointed in charge of the Pacific Grove Retreat. He succeeded in building the beautiful Church which opened in the summer of 1888 and stood on Lighthouse between 17th and 18th until 1963. Previous to 1888, services were held in the hall (which we now call Chautauqua Hall) built by the railroad for the use of the C.L.S.C. T. H. Sinex died in Pacific Grove on February 1, 1898. When asked how matters stood with him he said. “Oh, everything is all arranged on that line. I have no unfinished arrangements to make. All is settled and solid.” (Editors Note: The above was written from notes taken from a book “Fifty Years of Methodism”, published in 1901. The book was donated to us by Beverly Gay Gage.)

New Albany Daily Ledger Thursday Evening, February 10, 1898
NOTED PREACHER DEAD. Passing of Rev. Thomas H. Sinex A Native of New Albany.
His Death Occurred at Pacific Grove, Cal., February 1st - A Sketch of His Life

The Rev. Thomas Henry Sinex, D.D., known to all the old residents and Methodists of New Albany, died at his home at Pacific Grove, California, on February 1st, 1898, of heart disease, of which he had suffered for several months. He leaves a wife and one daughter, Mrs. A. E. Gray, of Philadelphia. He was the son of Thomas Sinex, a pioneer of New albany, and a brother of Dr. William G. Sinex, residing near the city, and Mrs. Maria Collins, widow of Judge Collins, of Salem. Thomas Henry Sinex was born in New Albany, Ind., January 4, 1824. He received his rudimentary education at the public schools of his native town, afterward attending the academy, where he prepared for College. He entered the Asbury University (now DePauw University) at Greencastle, Ind., in 1839, and having gained a year on his class, was graduated with the degree of A. B. in 1842. He was subsequently honored by his alma mater with the degrees of A. M. and D. D. Having spent nearly a year in the study of law, he entered the ministry of the Methodist Episcopal church, and in his twentieth year joined the Indiana Conference. In that State he filled several pastorates, and was also professor in Asbury University and the Asbury Female College at New Albany. From 1854 to 1864 he was president of the Albion Wesleyan Seminary. In 1864 he was a member of the general conference of the Methodist Episcopal church, and was transferred from Michigan to California. Here he served htree yeas as pastor in Santa Clara, and was then elected president of the University of the Pacific, and remained at its head until 1872, when he resigned and took the chair of mathematics. It was during his administration that the institution became a college of liberal arts. In 1894 he was appointed superintendent of the Christian Seaside Resort at Pacific Grove. He built the large Methodist Episcopal church and assembly hall at Pacific Grove, and was the promoter of many other public improvements. He had also been presiding elder of the Stockton district and pastor of the Bush street Methodist Church in San Francisco.

Albion College Principals & Presidents
http://www.albion.edu/library/specialcollections/Histories/CollegePresidents/THSinex.aspExcerpt from "Thomas Henry Sinex 1854-1864," Old Albion 1861-1909
THOMAS HENRY SINEX, fourth principal of the Albion Wesleyan Seminary, and first president of Albion college, was born in New Albany, Indiana, January 3, 1824. His father, Thomas Sinex, went west in his early manhood from Wilmington, Delaware, being decended [sic] from a Swedish family who settled there in 1638. His mother, Flora West Sinex, of Welsh decent [sic], journeyed west from Connecticut. Her father, Solomon West, was an officer in one of the forts at New London during the war of 1812. The son received his rudimentary education in the public schools of his native town, afterward attending the academy, where he prepared for college. He entered Asbury University, now known as DePauw, at Greencastle, Indiana, in 1839. Here he gained a year on his class and was graduated with the degree of A.B. in 1842. He was subsequently honored by his alma mater with the degrees of A.M., and D.D. Having spent nearly a year in the study of law, he entered the ministry of the Methodist Episcopal church, and in his twentieth year joined the Indiana conference. Among other appointments he served as pastor in Crawfordsville, Rockville, LaPorte, Logansport and Fort Wayne, and as professor in Asbury University at Greencastle and Asbury Female College at New Albany. While principal of the Female Academy in Bloomington, in 1854, he was elected president of the Albion Seminary to succeed Ira Mayhew, which position he held until 1864. That year he was a member of the General Conference of the Methodist Episcopal church, and was transferred from Michigan to California, where he served three years as pastor in Santa Clara. He was then elected president of the University of the Pacific, and managed its affairs until 1872, when he resigned and took the chair of mathematics. It was during his administration that the institution became a college of liberal arts. While president of Albion College Dr. Sinex pushed the sale of scholarships for the support of the institution. He was a broad minded scholar of the old school and a great lover of the classics. His death occurred on February 1, 1898, at the age of 80 years.
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