Goodrich, Elizur, Dd

Goodrich, Elizur, D.D., a Congregational minister, was born in Wethersfield, Connecticut, October 26, 1734. He graduated at Yale College in 1752. He now studied theology, but was called to be tutor at Yale College in 1755. In 1756 he was invited to the Congregational church in Durham, Conn. In 1766, to aid in the support of his growing family, he began to prepare students for college. His thorough scholarship made him a highly successful teacher, and during the next twenty years more, than three hundred young men passed under his instructions. He was repeatedly sent by the General Association of Connecticut as a delegate to a convention held by that association, and the synods of New York and Philadelphia, from 1766 to 1776. He received the degree of doctor of divinity from Princeton College. In 1776 he was elected to the corporation of Yale College, and, as a member of the Prudential Committee, his labors in behalf of the college for twenty years were among the most useful of his life. He died of apoplexy at Norfolk, Connecticut, November 22, 1797. He published a number of occasional discourses. — Sprague, Annals, 1:506.

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