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Edward Dorr Griffin

Edward Dorr Griffin (6 January 1770 – 8 November 1837) was a Christian minister and an American educator who served as President of Williams College from 1821 to 1836 and served as the first pastor of Park Street Church from 1811 to 1815.[1]

Life and career

Born in East Haddam, Connecticut, Griffin graduated from Yale College in 1790 as the school's first Phi Beta Kappa student. He was licensed in 1792 and began his ministry in New Salem, Massachusetts the next year. In 1795 he was ordained at the Congregational Church in New Hartford, Connecticut. He earned his Doctorate of Divinity from Union College in 1808 and became professor of rhetoric at Andover Theological Seminary the next year. In 1811 he officially became the first pastor of Park Street Church in Boston where he preached a prominent series of sermons opposing New Divinity.

When Griffin came to Williams College in 1821, it had two professors; one planned to move, and the other was gravely ill. Griffin raised funds and hired brothers Mark Hopkins and Albert Hopkins.

He resigned in 1836 for health reasons and died in Newark, New Jersey the next year. Griffin Hall at Williams College is named in his honor.

Selected publications

  • Lectures delivered in Park Street Church, Boston, on Sabbath Evening (Boston, 1813)[2] (accessible on Google Books Oct. 14, 2009)
  • Sixty Sermons on Practical Subjects (New York, 1844)[3].(accessible on Google Books Oct. 14, 2009)
  • accessible online


External links

  • Edward Dorr Griffin (1770-1837): Williams President 1821-1836 via Williams College
Academic offices
Preceded by
Zephaniah Swift Moore
President of Williams College
Succeeded by
Mark Hopkins

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