George Burrowes (1811-1894) was one of the first four instructors at the San Francisco Theological Seminary. He was professor of Hebrew and Old Testament literature, 1871-1894. The donation of Dr. Burrowes's personal library in 1873 was the beginning of the SFTS Library. The collection includes poems, diaries, and research papers.
In 1853 George Whitworth, a minister in the Ohio Valley, set off for the Western frontier to establish a college that would provide a good English education and a thorough religious training. Fifty families joined his mission trek to the Northwest. By the time they reached Oregon, only Whitworth's family had persisted. It was 30 years before he was able to revive his dream of establishing a college. In 1883, in the village of Sumner, in Washington Territory, George Whitworth founded Sumner Academy. Seven years later, in February 1890, the school was incorporated as Whitworth College.
Samuel Hopkins Willey (1821-1914) was a pioneer Presbyterian minister. He founded the academy in Oakland that became California College, which became the University of California. He served churches in San Francisco (Presbyterian), Monterey (Presbyterian and Congregational), Santa Cruz (Congregational), and Benecia (Congregational).
Thomas Fraser, Jr., (1820-1902) Presbyterian home missionary in Wisconsin and Southern California; pastorates in New Bern, N.C., Little Rock, Ark., Portland, Or.; Stuart Professor of Systematic Theology at San Francisco Theological Seminary, 1887-1892
Timothy Dwight Hunt is best known as the first Protestant clergyman to settle and minister in California. Hunt was born at Rochester, New York on March 10, 1821. He attended Yale, graduating in 1840. After graduating from Auburn Theological Seminary in 1843, he became a missionary to Honolulu from 1844 to 1848. Upon hearing about the Gold Rush in California, he and his family took a boat to San Francisco. In California, he served in different capacities and different churches from 1848-1857. He went on to serve various other churches from 1858-1879 in New York and Michigan. Hunt died at Whitesboro, New York on February 7, 1895.
Rev. Dr. William A. Scott (1813-1885) was a prominent Presbyterian minister in the San Francisco Bay Area. He helped found San Francisco Theological Seminary. He was president of the faculty and board of directors and taught as well. His first congregation included General Andrew Jackson.