Beecher, Henry Ward. Son of Lyman Beecher, an eminent New England congregational preacher and theologian. Born in 1813. Entered the Congregational ministry in 1834, and in 1847 became pastor of Plymouth Church, Brooklyn, which place he held till his death in 1887. Beecher was considered by many as the most eloquent divine of the nineteenth century, and was distinguished as a writer and lecturer on popular subjects.