Chapin, Stephen, Dd
Chapin, Stephen, D.D., a Baptist minister, was born at Milford, Mass., Nov. 4, 1778. He graduated at Harvard in 1804, and in 1805 was ordained pastor of the Congregational church in Hillsborough, N. H., from whence he removed, in Nov. 1809, to the Congregational church in Mount Vernon, N. H. Here he remained nine years, but, on account of a change in his views concerning baptism, he was discharged Nov. 18, 1818, and the same month he was received a member of the Baptist Church. In the fall of 1819 he was installed pastor of the Baptist church in North Yarmouth, Me., where he was greatly esteemed. In 1822 he was made D.D. by Brown University. In 1823 he became professor of Theology at Waterville College, Me., and remained there until his appointment as president of Columbia College, Washington, D. C., where he was inaugurated in March, 1829, and labored for twelve years with unflagging zeal and energy. In consequence of growing infirmities he resigned the presidency in 1841, and retired to a small farm near Washington, where he died Oct. 1st, 1845. Dr. Chapin published a pamphlet on Baptism in 1819, and a number of occasional sermons, addresses, etc. — Sprague, Annals, 6:673.