Lord, Nathan

Lord, Nathan D.D., LL.D., an eminent American divine and educator, was born at South Berwick, Maine, November 28, 1793; was educated at Bowdoin College (class of 1809), and studied theology at Andover Theological Seminary, where he graduated in 1815. After quitting the college he acted as assistant in Phillips Exeter Academy. Now a theologian. He at once entered the active work of the ministry as pastor of the Congregationalists at Amherst, N.H., the only church he ever served. He remained with his people until 1828. when he was called to the responsible position of president of Dartmouth (College, where he remained until his death, September 9, 1870. Possessed of the highest attainments of scholarship, great executive ability, a winning address, equanimity of temper, remarkable "firmness of character and devotion to principle, and unwearied application to labor, Dr. Lord made Dartmouth College one of the most popular of our higher educational institutions: 1824 students were graduated from its halls during his presidency. As a theologian he was. like Edwards, Hopkins, and Bellamy, of the school advocating a strictly liberal interpretation of prophecy, but he has left us few remains in print. He occasionally contributed to our theological quarterlies, and published several sermons and essays. The following deserve notice: Letter to the Reverend David Dama, D.D., on Prof. Park's Theology of New England (New Engl. 1852); On the Millennium (1854); and Letters to Ministers of the Gospel of all Denomzinations on Slavery (1854-5), in which he defended the institution of slaveryas sanctioned by the Bible, thereby greatly provoking opposition and criticism from Northern divines. See Drake, Dict. Amer. Biog. s.v.; New Amer. Cyclops s.v.; also the Annual for 1870.

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