Title: Pioneer Congregational Church
Box Number: 1554
Pioneer Congregational Church (Sacramento, Calif.)
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Benton, Joseph A. (Joseph Augustine), 1818-1892.
Pioneer Congregational United Church (Sacramento, Calif.)--History.
Church records and registers--California--Sacramento.
Frontier and pioneer Life--California--Sacramento.
Sacramento (Calif.)--Social life and customs.
Diary of Seth Babson; church records; photocopy of address by Loyal Lincoln Wirt,
"Reminiscences of Rev. Joseph Augustine Benton, D.D."
Pioneer Church is the oldest organized church in Sacramento. On September 16, 1849, in
the schoolhouse on the northwest corner of I and 3rd Streets, a small group of men voted
to form the First Church of Christ Congregational, in Sacramento City. Rev. Joseph A.
Benton, the first pastor, was one of the leading California pioneers.
Rev. Joseph A. Benton Collection