William S. Allen letters 1869
Jeremiah Howard Nixon (referred to both as "Jeremiah" and "Howard") was born in Kent County, Delaware, on November 27, 1829, the son of Jeremiah Nixon, a merchant. He graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1851, and from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1856. After completing his studies, Nixon led congregations in Cambridge, New York (1856-1859); Indianapolis, Indiana (1861-1869); St. Charles, Missouri (1872-1875); and Wilmington, Delaware (1876-1888). While in Indianapolis, he ordained future United States President Benjamin Harrison to a church eldership, and in 1872 he received a Doctor of Divinity degree from Lafayette College. He served as president of Missouri's Lindenwood Female College between 1871 and 1876. Nixon married Flora Jewell (b. ca. 1835) on April 21, 1858. Jeremiah H. Nixon died in Webster Groves, Missouri, in 1892.