Talmage, Thomas De Witt (tălˈmĭj) [key], 1832–1902, American Presbyterian clergyman, b. near Bound Brook, N.J., grad. New Brunswick Theological Seminary (1856). His work in Brooklyn, N.Y., began in 1869 in the Central Presbyterian Church. The Tabernacle, built in 1870 to accommodate the great audiences attracted by his sensational style of preaching, was burned in 1872, as were two other large buildings erected by his congregation during the next 20 years. Between 1873 and 1902 Talmage edited in turn the Christian at Work, the Advance, Frank Leslie's Sunday Magazine, and the Christian Herald. He made popular lecture tours in the United States and England.