Clergyman; born in Attleboro, Mass.
, Sept. 8, 1727; graduated at Yale College in 1748; ordained pastor of a Presbyterian church at Smithtown
, Long Island
, in 1751; and in 1755 was chosen professor of divinity at Yale, which place he held until his death, in New Haven, Conn.
, Nov. 25, 1780.
In 1766, on the resignation of President Clap
, he was chosen president of the college pro tempore
and officiated in that capacity more than a year.
He was an active patriot when the War
of the Revolution broke out; and when the British
attacked New Haven, in 1779, he took part in the resistance made by the citizens and surrounding militia.
was made a prisoner, and the severe treatment to which he was subjected so shattered his constitution that he never recovered his health.
After the famous dark day
(q. v.), in 1780, he published an account of it.