Wales, Samuel, Dd

Wales, Samuel, D.D.

a Congregational minister, son of Rev. John Wales, of Raynham, Mass., was born in March, 1748, He graduated from Yale College in 1767; for a short time was a teacher in Dr. Wheelock's Indian School in Lebanon, Conn.; in 1769 was elected a tutor in Yale College, and remained in that position for one year; was ordained pastor, Dec. 19, 1770, of the Church in Milford, Conn. For a short time, in 1776, he served as chaplain in the Continental army. In September 1781, he was appointed professor of divinity in Yale College, but was not inducted into office until June 12, 1782. Soon after this he became the subject of an alarming malady-an affection of the nervous system. In May, 1786, he went to Europe for the benefit of his health, but returned after an absence of six months, without any marked improvement. His professorship ceased in 1793. His pulpit eloquence was of a high order, and he was esteemed as one of the ablest preachers of his day. He died in New Haven, Conn., Feb. 18, 1794. See Sprague, Annals of the Amer. Pulpit, 1, 710.

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