Lewis, Tayler, Dd, Lld
Lewis, Tayler, D.D., LL.D.
a distinguished Biblical scholar and Congregational divine, was born in Northumberland, Saratoga County, N.Y., March 27, 1802. He graduated from Union College in 1820, studied law in Albany, and, being admitted to the bar, entered on the practice of his profession at Fort Miller, In 1833 he gave up the practice of law, and opened a classical school at Waterford, and in 1835 removed his school to Ogdensburg. In 1838 he was chosen professor of Greek in the University of New York, which chair he occupied until 1849, when he was appointed professor of the Greek language and literature in his Alma Mater, and occupied that position until his death, May 11, 1877. Through all the years of his professorate he was a thorough, indefatigable student of Oriental and Biblical literature. He employed his attainments to defend and illustrate the truths of divine revelation. Among his first publications were translations and texts of Plato's works, accompanied with valuable notes and critical dissertations. In 1855 he published his Six Days of Creation, the work by which he became widely known as one of the ablest defenders of divine revelation. Dr. Lewis contributed largely to magazines, both monthly and quarterly, and his contributions to religious journals were almost without number. To mention only one, the New York Observer, that paper contains numerous valuable articles. Among them are, "State Rights," "A Photograph from the Ruins of Ancient Greece," "Heroic Periods in a Nation's History," "A Defence of Capital Punishment," "The People of Africa, their Character, Condition, and Future Prospects." He was one of the authors of the recently published Life of President Nott, of Union College, and the translator of Genesis and Ecclesiastes in Lange s Commentary. (W.P.S.)