1805 – Born on the 18th of March in New York. He was a preacher-pastor in the Dutch Reformed Church.
1822 – Originally a student at Columbia College of Columbia University, Bethune graduated from Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania and went on to study theology at Princeton University.
1825 – He married Mary Williams in November.
1827 – He was appointed Pastor of the Reformed Dutch Church, Rhinebeck, New York.
1830 – He moved to Utica, New York.
1839-1850 – He wrote or edited many works, to include: The Fruits of the Spirit, Sermons, Lays of Love and Faith, The British Female Poets and Orations and Discourses.
1862 – He also wrote many hymns, some of which are still used today. The hymn When Time Seems Short and Death is Near was found in his portfolio and was written on April 27th, the day before his death.
– While visiting Florence, Italy for his health, he fell ill after preaching and died of a stroke on April 28th.