Payson, Seth D.D., a Congregational minister, father of the preceding, was born in September, 1758. He graduated at Harvard College in 1777, and was ordained pastor at Rindge, N. H., December, 1782. He was made D.D. by Dartmouth College in 1809, and trustee in 1813; and in 1819 was one of a committee to choose a site for Williams College, about to be removed. Immediately after finishing this duty, he was taken sick, and died Feb. 26, 1820. Dr. Payson published "Proofs of the Existence and dangerous Tendency of modern Illuminism" (1802), and several occasional sermons. See Sprague, Annnals of the American Pulpit, 2:209.