Hildreth, Hosea a Congregational minister, was born in Massachusetts, January 2, 1782. He was graduated at Harvard College in 1805, and was engaged for a number of years in teaching, being professor of mathematics in Phillips Exeter Academy from 1811 to 1825. He had studied divinity in the mean time, and was installed minister of First Parish, Gloucester, Mass., on leaving Exeter Academy; His liberal views, and his persistence in exchanging with Unitarians, caused his separation from the Essex Association. He was an active pioneer in the Temperance reform. His death occurred in 1835. He was the author of various essays and sermons. — Sprague, Annals, 8, 445.