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til the present (1871). In 1860, he was elected Vice-
President of the Faculty. In 1865, he received license
to preach. Professor Tingley is an enthusiast in the de-
partment of Natural Science. He is " apt to teach," and
has a readiness of illustration, and a mechanical genius
that fits him admirably for his chosen position. Pro-
fessor Tingley deservedly ranks high among literary men
in the department of Natural Science. Thoroughness is
a marked characteristic of all that he does ; and, as a re-
cognition of his attainments, the University in which he
has been so long an efficient professor, conferred upon
him, in 1871, the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. The
many students that have recited to Professor Tingley,
carry with them a grateful remembrance of his personal
kindness, as well as of his professional ability.

PROFESSOR S. A. LATTIMORE.

Mr. Lattimore graduated at Asbury University m
1850. He was elected Professor of Greek Language and
Literature in Asbury University in 1852. In 1861, he
was elected Professor of Natural Sciences in Genesee
College, New York, where he served for several years,
and is now (1871) Professor of Chemistry in Rochester
University. Professor Lattimore is noted for thorough-
ness and breadth of scholarship. He is a gentleman of
cultivated manners and pleasant address. Quiet and un-
ostentatious in his social bearing, he is recognized as an
able professor and an influential promoter of true science.
In the nine years he taught in Asbury University, he
shared the confidence and esteem of the Faculty and the
students, and gave promise of future eminence as a
scholar and teacher.



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REV. DANIEL CURRY, D. D.

Dr. Curry was personally identified with educational
interests in Indiana from 1854 to 1857, having accepted
the Presidency of Indiana Asbury University in 1854,
and continued in the discharge of its duties until 1857,
when he resigned and returned to New York.

Dr. Curry graduated at the Wesleyan University in
MiddletoAvn, Connecticut, August, 1837. Immediately
after his graduation, he took charge, as Principal, of the
Troy Conference Academy, at West Poultney, Vermont,
which position he filled until 1839, when he resigned,
and accepted a professorship in the Georgia Female Col-
lege, at Macon in that state, where he remained until
1846, when he resigned and went North. In 1841, Dr.
Curry entered the itinerant ministry, and has for many
years ranked high as an able and instructive divine. Dr.
Curry had associated with him as professors, while at
Greencastle, Dr. Nadal and Dr. Bragdon, both of them
eminent as scholars and divines. Perhaps no college in
the Lmd had an abler Faculty than Indiana Asbury Uni-
versity, while Dr. Curry was at its head ; but owing to a
variety of causes, the administration of the college be-
came involved and embarrassed, and Dr. Curry tendered
his resignation. As a man of intellectual force. Dr.
Curry has few superiors. He is an able and perspicuous
writer. He tries to control men more by mere intellec-
tion than is found practicable. The reason that is clear
to his mind is not always equally clear to all other
minds ; and men are largely governed by other influences
than mere reason. Dr. Curry is a man of a warm and
generous heart, and whose friendship is prized by a host
of admiring friends. Dr. Bragdon was a graduate of Wes-
leyan University, and ^Dr. Nadal, of Dickinson College.



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BENJAMIN F. RAWLINS, D. D.,

Was some time President of Asbuiy Female College.
He was a graduate of Indiana Asbury University, of the
class of 1849. Dr. Rawlins is more extensively known
as an able preacher, the ministry being his chosen pro-
fession. He is a frequent contributor to the periodical
literature of the Church.

ALBION FELLOWS, A. M.,

Graduated at Aphury University in 1854. He filled,-*
for some time, the Chair of Languages in Fort Wayne
Female College.

JOHN p. ROUS, A. M.,

Graduated at Asbury University in 1855. He taught
some time as Professor of Languages in Brookville Col-
lege, as Principal of the Preparatory Department in In-
diana Asbury University, and as Principal of Stockwell
Academy.

BENJAMIN W. SMITH, A. M.,

Also a graduate of Asbury University, of the class of
1855, taught some time as Professor of Mathematics in
Cornell College, and as President of Valparaiso Male and
Female College.

W. R. GOODWIN, A. M.,

Taught for some time as President of Brookville College,
and Professor in Illinois Wesleyan University. He is
more generally known throughout Indiana and Illinois as
a popular and efficient preacher. He is also a frequent
contributor to the Church papers. He graduated at
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OLIVER II. SMITH, A. M.,

Graduated at Asbuiy in 1856, and spent several years
in teaching, as Principal of Thorntown Academy, and
President of R-ocI^port Collegiate Institute. Mr. Smith
is an able and efficient preacher.

WILLIAM H. DE MOTTE, A. M.,

Taught for some time in the Indiana Institute for the
Deaf and Dumb, and as President of Indiana Central
Female College, and as President of Jacksonville Female
College, Illinois. Mr. De Motte graduated at Indiana
Asbury University in 1849.

REV. THOMAS HARRISON, A. M.,

A NATIVE of England, was educated in an 'academy in
Yorkshire, England, and has spent twenty years in
teaching. He was for several years President of Moore's
Hill College ; during which time he filled the Chair of
Mental and Moral Philosophy and Natural Science. He
is at present Professor in Brookville College. Previous
to his coming to Indiana, he taught in the Ohio Confer-
ence High School, Springfield, Ohio ; and in the Linden
Hill Academy, New Carlisle, Ohio. He received the
honorary degree of A. M. from the Ohio University, at
Athens. Professor Harrison is an able preacher, and an
instructive lecturer on moral and scientific subjects.

REV. J. R D. JOHN, A. M.,

Is a native of Brookville, Indiana. Poor health brought
his school-boy days to a close when he was but twelve
years of age, with the exception of a few months ; yet
such was his desire for learning, and such his strength

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of will, and his readiness to acquire knowledge, that he
succeeded in obtaining a good education. He commenced
teaching in his seventeenth year, and has continued ever
since. He taught three years in the public schools of
his native county, and eight years in Brookville College.
During the first years of Professor John's connection
with Brookville College, he was Professor of Math-
ematics, and during the past two years he has been
President of the institution. Professor John received
the honorary degree of Master of Arts from M'Kendree
College, in Illinois, in 1867. And if his achievements
hitherto are an earnest of his future, the Church has a
good deal to expect from Professor John.

REV. JOHN W. LOCKE, D. D.

Dr. Locke was the son of Rev. George Locke, one
of the early pioneers of Lidiana Methodism. He was
born in Paris, Bourbon County, Kentucky, February 12,
1822. He made a profession of religion and united with
the Church in his twelfth year. After the death of his
father, in 1834, he assisted his mother in school until
the organization of the New Albany Seminary, in 1837.
Dr. Locke's mother had been accustomed to teach school
in her husband's life-time, and the chief support of the
family came from her earnings during the four years he
was presiding elder on Wabash District ; and, after the
death of her husband, she had no other dependence.
She met the responsibilities of her situation heroically,
and literally raised her children in the school-room, and
laid in their young minds the foundation of thorough
mental discipline, and inspired them with the deter-
mination to become scholars.

Young Locke entered the New Albany Seminary
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during his stay in the Seminary he assisted his mother
in her school — teaching when his class-mates studied,
studying when they played, and reciting when they
recited. This overwork in his youth materially im-
paired his health during a number of the years of his
early manhood.

In the Spring of 1839, he entered the Freshman
Class in Augusta College, and graduated in 1842.
He taught school in Portsmouth, Ohio, until the Fall
of 1843. On the 15th of July, 1843, just nine years
after the death of his father, he was licensed to preach,
and recommended for admission into the Annual Con-
ference. In the Fall of 1843, he was admitted into the
Ohio Annual Conference. He was ordained a deacon by
Bishop Hamline in 1845, and an elder by Bishop Janes
in 1847. In 1850, he transferred to Indiana Confer-
ence, and was stationed in Vevay for two years; and then
stationed in Rising Sun one year, when he was elected
President of Brookville College in 1853, and remained
in that position four years. In 1856, he was appointed
presiding elder of Connersville District, which position
he filled four years. In the Fall of 1860, he was elected
Professor of Mathematics in Indiana Asbury University,
which position he yet holds, and the duties of which he
performs with marked ability.

Dr. Locke was a member of the General Conference
of 1860, and also of 1868. He received the degree of
Doctor of Divinity from Dickinson College in 1868. Dr.
Locke was elected President of Baker University, in
Kansas ; but the climate not agreeing with him, he re-
turned to Indiana after an absence of a few months,
retaining his position as Professor of Mathematics in In-
diana Asbury University. Dr. Locke is an able and
popular preacher, and enjoys the pastoral work; but,



308 INDIANA METHODISM.

yielding to what he deems an imperative call of duty,
he continues in the work of education.

JOHN M. OLCOTT, A. M.

Professor Olcott graduated at Indiana Asbury Uni-
versity in the class of 1860. He taught four years as
Principal of the High School in LaAvrenceburg, some
two years in Columbus, and was Superintendent of the
Public Schools in Terre Haute for six years. He is
ardently devoted to the cause of education, and is a con-
tributor to the literary journals of the country. He is
an advocate of the broadest and most thorough culture.
He lacked but a few votes, in 1866, of being nominated
on the Republican State ticket for Superintendent of
Public Instruction for the State — a fact highly compli-
mentary for one of his age.

REV. J. H. MARTIN, A. M.

Rev. J. H. Martin is the present efficient President
of Moore's Hill College. He received his education at
Wood Vale Academy, Pennsylvania, and at the Ohio
Wesleyan University. He entered upon the work of
teaching in 1856, and has devoted fifteen years labori-
ously and successfully to that work. The first three
years of his teaching life were spent in Middletown,
Pennsylvania. In 1859, he came to Franklin, Indiana,
and soon thereafter took charge of the Superintendency
of the Union Schools of that city. In 1864, he ac-
cepted the Superintendency of the Public Schools in
Edinburg, which position he filled for some two years,
when he resigned to accept the Presidency of Brookville
College, which position he resigned in 1869, and returned
to Edinburg again to accept the Superintendency of the
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was induced mainly by domestic affliction. In 1870, he
■was elected President of Moore's Hill College. While
in Fi-anklin and Edinburg, Professor Martin held the
position of School Examiner for Johnson County. Pro-
fessor Martin is ardently attached to the profession
of teaching, and brings to the discharge of his duties a
zeal, an ability and enthusiasm, that make him eminently
successful.

REV. SAMUEL R. ADAMS, A. M.

Professor Adams was a graduate of the Wesley an
University, at Middletown, Connecticut. He chose the
profession of teaching as his life-work. He came to
Indiana in 1854, and had charge of an Academy at Wil-
mington for some time. On the opening of Moore's Hill
College, in 1856, he was elected President of that insti-
tution, Avhich position he retained until his death. When
the Government called for troops to suppress the Re-
bellion, most of the students of sufficient age in the
College under his care volunteered; and, actuated by
patriotism toward his country, and by an affectionate re-
gard for the young men under his care. President Adams
also volunteered as a Union soldier, and accepted a com-
mission as chaplain, which position he filled with such
efficiency and zeal as prostrated him with sickness, and
ended his life before the termination of the War. He
met death at the post of duty, although that post was
far from home and friends.

MILES J. FLETCHER, A. M.

Miles J. Fletcher was born in Indianapolis, in 1828,
and was a son of Calvin Fletcher, Esq., who, although
he had emigrated into the wilderness at an early day,
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education, and also brought with him from New England
that love of educational advancement which is so char-
acteristic of the sons of the Land of Steady Habits ; so
that, although young Fletcher's school privileges were
limited to a few Winter months in the year, yet, with
his other brothers, he had constantly the advantages of
home instruction, which was of more value in building
the noble characteristics of his nature than any training
he could have received in academic halls.

In 1847, he entered Brown University, at Provi-
dence, Rhode Island ; at which institution he graduated
with honor in 1852, having interluded his years of
student-life by a year of home-work. He was prom-
inent in his class for his general knowledge. He cared
but little for mathematics, although he acknowledged its
importance, and he was never deep in love with the
classics ; but in historical information and logic, he stood
head and shoulders above his fellows.

In the Spring of 1848, while spending a vacation in
the village of Uxbridge, Massachusetts, influenced by a
letter from a brother, he became a sincere and earnest
inquirer for the path of life; and He who has said,
"Seek and ye shall find," soon opened the "wicket-
gate " to one who knocked and asked with his whole
soul. Without a moment's delay, he identified himself
with religion. He united with the Methodist Episcopal
Church, the one in which he was trained from child-
hood ; he took an active, yet modest, part in the college
and class prayer-meetings, and, with new light and zeal,
taught a class that had long been under his charge in
Sabbath-school. In this connection it may be proper to
give Professor Fletcher's testimony in regard to the aid
given to a seeker of religion by previous Sabbath-school
instruction. About the time of his conversion, a spirit



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of religious inquiry came upon many of the students in
Brown University. Some, reared under the cold, ration-
alistic, semi-infidel influences that characterize certain
portions of New England, were incarcerated, at their
first awakening, in Doubting Castle, and only after long
and severe struggling were enabled to break away.
But Professor Fletcher remarked that all whose minds
had been prepared by early Sabbath-school teachings,
escaped all the gloom of doubt, and the temptations to
skepticism.

Before his graduation he had determined on the
career of a teacher. To him the preparation of the mind
and heart for the world's broad field of battle was a high
and holy calling. Immediately upon his graduation, he
entered upon his duties as Professor of English Liter-
ature in Indiana Asbury University, at Greencastle.
With characteristic zeal and energy he labored in his
department. He had the faculty of rendering his
branches entertaining to the students. He was the
friend of his pupils — not holding them off by any false
notions of professional dignity, but wooing them to com-
panionship by the kindness of his manners. He visited
them in sickness, closed their eyes in death, gave
encouragement to them in their despondency, and em-
ployment to ameliorate their poverty. His life as a pro-
fessor was intermitted by a year given to the assistance
of his father, and a year spent at Camibridge Law School.
The truth is, he was so efficient with his hands, head,
and heart, that there was a constant temptation on the
part of his friends to tax his time and strength.

In the Fall of 1860, he was elected Superintendent
of Public Instruction for the State of Indiana. In this
capacity his labors were incredible. He brought honest
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time of his melancholy death, the machinery of his office
was in fine working order. All this was accomplished
notwithstanding the heavy drain upon his time incident
to the Rebellion. When the firing upon Sumter aroused
the nation, he assisted, at the request of the Governor,
in the drilling of raw recruits for the three months'
service at Camp Morton. Immediately thereafter, by
appointment, he visited the armories of New England,
and purchased the first arms for our State. In August,
1861, he made an arduous and dangerous journey to
Western Virginia, in. search of his brother. Dr. William
B. Fletcher, who was captured in July by the rebels —
to whose pen we are indebted for the facts of this sketch.
He visited Washington on the same fraternal mission.
When the whereabouts of his brother was ascertained
he spent many weeks in ameliorating his condition, and
achieving his release, by exchange, from the loathsome
warehouse prison at Richmond.

At home again, he resumed his system of county
visitation and lecturing on education, until once more in-
terrupted to hasten with the first boat that reached
Pittsburg Landing after the bloody battle of Shiloh, to
carry relief to the sick and wounded. Here he labored
with such assiduity that he brought on an infirmity that
would have gone with him through a long life. Pro-
fessor Fletcher was killed on the 10th of May, 1862.
He had left Indianapolis on the ten o'clock night-train
for Terre Haute, in company with Governor Morton, Dr.
Bobbs, Adjutant-General Noble, and several other citi-
zens, on an expedition to our army at Corinth, to bring
home such of our sick and wounded as were there able
to travel, and provide hospital stores and accommo-
dations for the others. At Terre Haute they took the
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the scene of the catastrophe, about one o'clock. As the
train was approaching that station it ran into a freight-
car, which had been left either on the track or on a
switch so close to the track that the passenger-cars
jostled against it, or it had been run on the track after
the retirement of the switchmen at that station. The
noise and jar of the collision made Professor Fletcher
put his head out of the window to see Avhat the matter
was, and something — probably the freight-car on the
switch which the train was passing — struck him on the
side of the head, crushing his skull, and killing him in-
stantly. The loss of such a man at such a time, and in
such a manner, produced a profound sensation.

Professor Fletcher had elements of popularity
equaled by few. He was big-hearted and brave. He
was tender and considerate to the poor and downtrodden
He was frank and outspoken, and no one felt or feared
that there was any dissimulation or concealment about
him. He was the soul of honor, and the type of gener-
osity, and, withal, had an inexhaustible flow of spirits,
that gave a fascination and charm to his society, and
made him popular, without an effort to be so. He was a
prodigy of work ; and he did his work so thoroughly and
so well that his friends were always taxing him with ex-
tra labor. He was no politician ; and perhaps no other
office in the gift of the State would have seduced him
from his professorship ; but he felt that, in the capacity
of Superintendent of Public Instruction, he could accom-
plish for the cause of education in the state at large,
more than he could in any other position.

REV. L. W. BERRY, D. D.

Dr. Berry was elected President of Indiana Asbury
University in 1849, as the successor of Dr. Simpson.



314 INDIANA METHODISM.

He entered upon the duties of his office in the Fall of
the same year, which position he held for five years,
when he resigned, and re-entered the active work of the
ministry. In 1855, he was elected President of Iowa
Wesleyan University, Avhere he labored with efficiency.
A number of leading Methodists, determining to found a
university at Jeiferson City, Missouri, and looking around
for a suitable man to put at the head of their enterprise,
selected Dr. Berry, who, upon the advice of his friends,
accepted the position of President and financial agent.
He had barely entered upon his work, when he was pros-
trated by a severe attack of sickness, that terminated his
life in July, 1858. His disease was asthma, combined
with erysipeLis, which produced paralysis of the throat,
tongue, and lips, depriving him almost wholly of the
power of speech, and of the ability to swallow either
nourishment or medicine. Dr. Berry received the hon-
orary degree of D. D. while President of Indiana
Asbur}^ University.

While Dr. Berry's career as an educator was credit-
able, his reputation rests chiefly on his ability and effi-
ciency as a preacher. Dr. Berry entered the Ohio Con-
ference on trial in 1834, and traveled a part of the year
as junior preacher on Oxford Circuit. At the end of
the year he discontinued, and entered Oxford University
as a student; and although he did not comj^lete the Col-
lege Course, he laid the foundation for a good education,
and he retained the habit of close and systematic study
all through his life.

He was admitted on trial in the Indiana Conference,
in the Fall of 1838, and continued in the itinerancy till
the close of life. His sermons were prepared with labor,
and delivered with earnestness, and often with marked
success.




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REV. THOMAS BOWMAN, D. D.

Dr. Bowman, the present popular President of Indi-
ana Asbuiy University, was educated at Dickinson Col-
lege, Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He entered the ministry in
early life, and soon took high rank as a preacher. Biit
his literary attainments and aptness to teach pointed him
out as a successful educator, and the Church called him
to the work of literary instruction. He came to Indiana
in 1858, as the successor of Dr. Curry in the Presidency
of Indiana Asbury University, which position he has
filled with uniform acceptability and marked efficiency.
His administrative ability is of a high order. He makes
no display of authority, and secures obedience to disci-
pline without seeming to demand it. As a preacher, his
style is perspicuous and entertaining; his matter instruct-
ive and evangelical. He addresses alike the head and
heart, and few preachers are equally popular with all
classes of hearers. Perhaps no man in the Church is
called upon oftener, or called farther, to dedicate
churches than Dr. Bowman ; and on such occasions he is
proverbially successful in raising money, having opened
the hearts of his hearers until he has free access to their
pockets.

REV. ERASTUS ROWLEY, D. D.

Dr. Rowley, who has for some years been President
of De Pauw Female College at New Albany, is a gentle-
man of ripe scholarship and rare executive ability, and
has rendered the cause of Christian education substantial
service.

REV. D. HOLMES,

Of North-west Indiana Conference, gave several years to
the work of education. He is both a ripe scholar and an



316 INDIANA METHODISM.

able divine. He is more solid than showy, more pro-
found than pretentious.

REV. G. W. RICE

Has for some years had charge of the academy at Battle
Ground, and is a successful educator.

REV. A. GURNEY

Was for some years President of Valparaiso Male and
Female College. The institution is now under the
charge of Rev. R. D. Utter.

Indiana Methodism has given to the public a large
corps of well educated and efficient teachers. The
Church erred in multiplying denominational schools to so
large an extent, but that evil is being corrected, and the
Church is more wisely concentrating her efforts upon the
endowment and liberal patronage of a few of her more
central and prominent institutions.



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