Lamson, Alvan, Dd
Lamson, Alvan, D.D., a Unitarian minister, was born in 1792 at Weston, Mass.; was educated first at Phillips Academy, Andover, and then at Harvard College, where he graduated in 1814. He was immediately appointed tutor in Bowdoin College, but left in 1816, and entered the Divinity School at Cambridge. In 1818 he became pastor of the First Church in Dedham, Massachussets, where he officiated for over forty years. He died July 18, 1864. He wrote much for the Christian Examiner, and in 1857 published a volume of sermons (Bost. 12mo). The Christian Register says of him: "Dr. Lamson has succeeded in uniting the acutest moral wisdom with the most unpretending and childlike modes of exhibiting it. His style is clear as crystal, sometimes almost quaint in its simplicity, and not without touches of poetic feeling as well as fancy, though a calm, shrewd judgment characterizes all his opinions." — Allibone, Dict. of Authors volume 2 American Annual Cyclopaedia, 1864, page 612.