Coleman, Lyman, Dd
Coleman, Lyman, D.D.
an eminent Presbyterian or Congregational divine and educator, was born at Middlefield, Massachusetts, June 14, 1796. He graduated at Yale College in 1817, and for three succeeding years was principal of the Latin Grammar School in Hartford, Connecticut; next a tutor in Yale College for four years,. during which time he studied theology. From 1828 to 1835 he was pastor of the Congregational Church at Belchertown, Mass. After this he taught, first at the Burr and Burton Seminary in Vermont, next for seven years as principal of the English department of Phillips Academy, Andover. He then made a visit to Germany, and spent seven months in study with Neander, the eminent historian, which resulted in the preparation of his learned work, Primitive Christianity. On his return he was made professor of German in Princeton College. He continued there and at Amherst and Philadelphia — the next fourteen years, having also a connection with various other institutions. In 1856 he revisited Europe, and extended his travels to the Holy Land, the Desert, and Egypt. In 1861 he succeeded Dr. Cattell in the chair of ancient languages in Lafayette College, but after 1862 devoted himself solely to Latin. For many years he continued his lectures to the students on Biblical and physical geography. He was also professor of Hebrew, conducting classes in that study for fifteen years. He died at Easton, Pennsylvania, May 16, 1882. Eminent in solid abilities, in accurate scholarship, in stores of accumulated learning, — in extended usefulness, Dr. Coleman was no less eminent in the graces of the Spirit. His principal published works are, The Antiquities of the Christian Church: — The Apostolical and Primitive Church: Historical Geography of the Bible: — Ancient Christianity Exemplified: — Historical Text-book and Atlas of Biblical Geography: — A Manual on Prelacy and Ritualism; all of which have been republished in England. See The Presbyterian, March 25, 1882; Allibone, Dict. of Brit. and Amer. Authors, s.v.; Kellogg, Commemorative Sermon (Easton, 1882). (W.P.S.)