Clergyman; born in Ashford, Conn.
, June 25, 1773.
Left an orphan while yet a boy, he lived with an uncle and taught school a few years.
In 1795 he was licensed to preach, and began his ministry in Cherry Valley, N. Y.
Afterwards he held a pastorate in Albany, N. Y.
; and in 1804 he was elected president of Union College, Schenectady
, which post he held until his death, Jan. 29, 1866.
Upwards of 3,700 students graduated under his presidency.
At the celebration (1854) of the semi-centennial of his presidency between 600 and 700 of the alumini who had graduated under him were present.
gave much attention to physical science, especially to the laws of heat, and he invented a stove which was very popular for many years.
He obtained about thirty patents for inventions in this department.
's was the first stove constructed for burning anthracite coal, and was extensively used.