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United Church of Christ (First Congregational Church)

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First Congregational Church
1859–1860, Horatio N. White; 1870–1871 additions. 120 N. Jackson St.

Founded as a Presbyterian congregation in 1841 by thirteen members under the Reverend Marcus Harrison of New York, the church was almost immediately reorganized as a Congregational Church and Society. This followed difficulties arising from the administration of discipline and the passage of a pro-slavery resolution by the Presbyterian Assembly at Philadelphia in 1840. This building, the congregation's second house of worship, is in the Round Arch mode. The plans were created by White of Syracuse, New York. Built in 1860 by James Morwick, also of Syracuse, the brick church with asymmetrical towers is located on the only surviving quadrant of the old Jackson town square. Its exterior walls are corbeled and buttressed. In a typical Congregational manner, the austere interior is arranged with three aisles before a central pulpit. In 1871 the church was raised eight feet to accommodate parlors, classrooms, and a kitchen.

Writing Credits

Kathryn Bishop Eckert


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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "United Church of Christ (First Congregational Church)", [Jackson, Michigan], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Michigan

Buildings of Michigan, Kathryn Bishop Eckert. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 179-180.

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