THOMAS DE WITT TALMAGE (1832-1902) was born in Bound Brook, New Jersey. He received his education at New Brunswick Theological Seminary. He held pastorates in the Reformed Church in America and the Presbyterian Church. He was one of the most prominent religious leaders in the United States during the mid to late 19th century, also preaching to crowds in England. During the 1860s and 70s he was a well known reformer in New York City and was often involved in crusades against vice and crime.