Hawes, Joel, Dd
Hawes, Joel, D.D.
a Congregational minister, was born in Medway, Mass., Dec. 22,1789. His parents were poor, and his early opportunities of education were therefore limited. After his conversion in 1807, he gave all the time he could spare from his trade to study, and in 1809 he entered Brown University. During his college course he supported himself chiefly by work during term time, and by teaching school in vacation. He graduated A.B. with honor in 1813. After completing the theological course at Andover (1818), he was settled as pastor of the First Congregational Church of Hartford, in which he remained until 1862, when the Rev. G. H. Gould was installed as pastor. Dr. Hawes, however, remained as pastor emeritus, preaching frequently, as his strength would admit. He died at Gilead, Conn., June 5, 1867. His long pastorate at Hartford was eminently successful: more than 1500 persons joined the Church under his ministry. The great Christian enterprises, such as the Foreign Mission cause, Home Missions, Bible and Tract Distribution, the Christian Press, Education for the Ministry, lay near his heart, and occupied a very large share of his time and labors. His writings were chiefly practical, and include Lectures to Young Men (1828, which had an immense circulation both in America and in Great Britain): — Tribute to the Pilgrims (1830): — Memoir of Normand Smith (1839): — Letters on Universalism (18mo): Character everything for the Young (1843): — The Religion of the East (1845): — A n Offering for Home Missionaries (a volume of sermons, of which he gave 800 copies to the Home Missionary Society for distribution). — Independent, June 13, 1867; Congregationalist, June 1867.