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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1853, by


In the Clerk's Office of the District Court for tlie District of Vermont.


At a meeting of the Associated Alumni of Middlebury College,
August 16th, 1843, a Committee was appointed to " collect information
preparatory to publishing a Catalogue in English, of the Alumni of the
College, giving the residence and profession or occupation of each, and
any other particulars" which " might be of general interest."

A circular was issued by the chairman of this Committee, Dr. S. P.
Lathrop, and sent to all whose residence was known at the time,
and subsequently to others from time to time, as their places of resi-
dence could be ascertained. Nearly two hundred letters were received
in reply, which were put on file, and abstracts of a considerable num-
ber were made and copied into a permanent record. So little, however,
of all that was necessary to make the record complete, was as yet re-
ceived, that it was deemed inexpedient to publish the Catalogue ; and
the operations of the Committee were for a time suspended.

Meanwhile, the chairman and others of the Committee had removed
from Middlebury. The near approach of the Semi-Ccntonnial Celebra-
tion was considered a favorable time for renewing the effort to complete
the materials for the Catalogue. The Committee was re-organized, and
a special effort made to ascertain the residences of the graduates ; and
early in 1850, circulars were again sent forth — to the number of four
hundred or more — to all whose address was known, except such as had
already been heard from. The result of this new effort was, that a
large number of returns were ultimately received, though not in season
to be available before the Jubilee.

Mr. T. S. Pearson, then a member of College, in connection with
his labors in preparing the improved Triennial of 1850, had procured
from various sources, a large amount of information in addition to that
obtained by the Committee. He was employed to cujiy into a peruia-



neat record, abstracts of all the letters received and such other authen-
tic information as had come to his knowledge. A report was made to
the Associated Alumni at their meeting in August, 1850, but the press
of business at that time prevented any decisive action. The subject
was recommitted, with no specific instructions.

Somewhat more than a year ago, the materials being judged suffi-
ciently complete, arrangements were made for printing the Catalogue at
the press in Middlebury ; but unforeseen causes occasioned a delay till
the removal of Mr. Peakson to a distant part of the State. In conse-
quence of the difficulty of procuring any other suitable person to pre-
pare the matter for the press, a different arrangement from the one orig-
inally contemplated became necessary ; and the subscriptions akeady
procured, together with the responsibility of publication, have been
transferred to Mr. Pearson.

It is no more than simple justice to the Editor to state, that, to his
labors in collecting information from a great variety of sources, no less
than to his care and skill in compiling the materials committed to him,
is owing in no small degree whatever of completeness and accuracy the
work as a whole shall be found to possess.

The Committee have been able to do little more by way of supervis-
ion and assistance, than to prescribe the general principles on which the
Editor should proceed in preparing his materials for the press. In all
the details of the execution, he has been obliged to rely exclusively
upon his own judgment and taste.



W. P. BASCOM, ! Committee of the

J. H. BARRETT, [Associated Alumni.


n. MEAD,
MiDDLEiiuxiY, Vt., June 1, 1853.


N. B. To correct errors and supply deficiencies tliat may appear in
the present edition of tlic Catalogue, information is respectfully solic-
ited, directed to the Secretary of the Associated Alumni of Middlebury
College, Middlebury, Vermont.


No puLlication of a character so similar to tbis as to bo at all of use
as a model, has come to our knowledge. Of the few works on the same
general plan, some, such as the Kegister of the United States Military
Academy at West Point, (1850, pp. 303,) are prepared in tabular form
and are more purely statistical than this is designed to be ; others, like
the Brief Memoirs of the Class of 1797, Yale College, (1848, pp. 99,)
enter into genealogical and other details more than our plan allows.
Consequently, to a considerable extent our work is of a new kind, and
if it be found to be performed with less skill than our successors will
easily attain, this will share only the usual lot of similar attempts.

The question, what should be inserted and what omitted — one of no
little delicacy — was decided, so far as general rules could go, by the
Committee. The following particulars, or so many of them as could
be learned, are given concerning each Alumnus : — When and where
born; where fitted for College; where and how long employed in
teaching ; where or with whom read profession ; where and how long
professionally employed ; what offices held ; what works published ;
what degrees received, (D. D. or LL. D.) ; also concerning the dead,
when and where they died. It was decided to omit whatever might
wound the feelings of friends ; also unaccepted appointments and nomi-
nations, with one or two exceptions. There must be many recent
changes of residence, &c., of which we have not learned. A few
particulars are given concerning the dead, but omitted in regard to
the living; for instance, membership of the Corporation of Middle-
bury College. Relationships are indicated in the Index. Towns and
Academies, not followed by the name of a State, are in Vermont,
except where the same town has been mentioned and its State given in


the sauic article. Addison County Grammar School, very frci][Uontly
mentioned, is in Middlebury. Technical accuracy is not always ob-
served ; for instance, the expression "was Pastor 1826-34,"

is used concerning a person who was not ordained till 1827, though he
connnenced his labors in 1826.

Numerous errors doubtless occur. In regard to many individuals,
for want of any thing more reliable, we have been obliged to insert
what some friend " thought." "We sometimes ascertained that they
thouglit wrong. For example, two classmates of a certain gentleman
told us that he was dead and when he died ; but he is still alive, and his
"present residence is given in its proper place. Probably there are other
errors which we have not been equally fortunate in detecting and cor-
recting. The want of uniformity in the sketches of those who furnished
information concerning themselves is to be attributed to the difference
in the Circulars of 1843 and 1850. More particulars are now included
than was originally intended. The list of publications must be very
defective. Neither of the Circulars above-mentioned made inquiry con-
cerning them, but we have done the best we could at "making brick
without straw."

Our sources of information have been, over 420 manuscript letters
and an indefinite amount of printed matter, from a mere newspaper
allusion to a formal memoir of hundreds of pages. In collecting and
combining materials from sources so scattered and often obscure, the
Editor has doubtless made mistakes, especially as he has had no aid
whatever in this department of his labor. In cases where those who
have given us correct information are misrepresented through our care-
lessness, we most humbly beg pardon ; in cases where we were unable
to learn the residence of a person so as to solicit information, we express
our sincere regret ; in cases of misrepresentation of those to whom we
have applied iji vain for information, we can only say they must thank
themselves, lleferenccs to the sources of information for every state-
ment have been scrupulously made and will be ciu-efully preserved.

The following brief summai-y of the employments, offices, &c., of the


Alumni may be appropriately inserted in this place. The same indi-
vidual is often included in more than one class.

408 Graduates of Middlcbury College have been employed as Cler-
gymen, — of whom 319 have been Congregationalists or Presbyterians;
34, Episcopalians ; 29, Baptists ; 6, Methodists ; 3, Dutch Keformcd ;
2, Universalists; 1, Unitarian; 1, Unionist; 1, Millerite; 1, Camp-
bellite; 1, Roman Catholic. The denomination of 16, we have not
ascertained. 219 of the Alumni have been Lawyers ; 72, Teachers,
not including Professors, on that account, or those temporarily engaged
in teaching while preparing for another profession ; 52, Physicians ;
41, Merchants; 38, Editors; 31, Farmers or Planters; 9 have been
in Military Service ; 26 died without entering a profession. 11 have
been Judges of Probate ; 24, Judges of the County Court ; 7, Judges
of higher State Courts; 1, Judge of the U. S. Supreme Court; 5,
Speakers of a House of Representatives; 3, Presidents of a State
Senate ; 4, Governors of States ; 12, Members of Congress; 2, United
States Senators. 26 have been Foreign Missionaries ; 43, Professors
in Colleges or professional schools ; 14, Presidents of Colleges ; 8 have
received the degree of LL. D. ; 34, the degree of D. D. The profes-
sion of 96, most of whom are recent graduates, we have been unable to


Peaciiam, Vt., June 1, 18.53.


1 802.

Aaron Petty was born in Westminster, and prepared for College
with Mr. Hubbard of Walpole, N. H., and Mr. (afterwards Rev.)
Hezekiab 3Iay. In consequence of illness, he had no part in the com-
mencement exercises of 1802. He died of consumption, at AVestmin-
ster, January 19, 1803. He had the Christian ministry in view.

1 803.

Walter Chapin was born in West Springfield, Mass., 1770, and fit-
ted for College at Wcstfield Academy, 3Iass. He was preceptor of
Royalton Academy, 1803-04 ; Tutor in Middlebury College, 1804-05 ;
studied liis profession with Rev. Dr. Lathrop of West Springfield, IMass.,
and labored some time as a missionary in Northern Vermont. He was
Pastor of the Congregational church in Woodstock from 1810 till his
death, July 22, 1827. Mr Chapin was Secretary of the Vermont Do-
mestic Missionary Society, 7 years ; member of the Corporation of Mid-
dlebury College, 1821-27, and President of the Associated Alumni at
their organization in 1824. He published in 182.5, the Missionary Gaz-
etteer, pp. 420, and edited the Evangelical Monitor, 1821-24. He
was the first Alumnus admitted to a profession.

Henry Ciiipman was born in Tinmouth, 1784 ; fitted for Colleo;c with
his father, Hon. Nath'l Chipman, LL.D., and President Atwater; and
became a Sophomore at the first organization of the college classes in
1800. He read law with liis father, 180.3-06 ; spent the year 1807 in
Jamaica, W. I.; taught a family school in Barnwell, S. C, 1808-09;
practiced law in Walterborough, S. C, 1809-24, in Detroit, Mich.,

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1824-44, except wlien in judicinl office. He was chief Judge of Wayne
County Court, 1825-27 ; Judge of the United States Territorial Court
in Michigan, 1827-32; Recorder of Detroit, 1833 and '35 ; Chief
Justice of the District Criminal Court, 1840-44. Since 1844, he has
relinquished the practice of the law, but still resides in Detroit. He
served as Adjutant in the U. S. service, six months, in 1812. He was
the first President of the Philomathesian Society of Middlebury Col-
lege, at its organization in 1801. Since 1827, Judge Chipman has
been the oldest living Alumnus of the Collesie.

Edward S. Stuart was from Stillwater, N. Y., or tliat neighbor-
hood. He was born about 1781. In 1814 he was practicing law in
Buffalo, N. Y., whence ho removed to Williamsville, N. Y., and there
died about 1816.

1 804.

Charles Barney, was born in New Haven, Conn., 1782. He
was a teacher in New Haven several years, and died in 1815. He was
something of a poet.

Jonathan Bell, in 1850, was residing in Lewiston, N. Y.

MiLO Cooke was born in Cornwall, Jan. 2, 1783. He read law
with Samuel Miller, Esq., of ]\Iiddlebury, and practiced in Williston,
until 1813, when he moved to IMiddlebury, and was there engaged in
mercantile pursuits till 1817. He was preceptor of Addison County
Grammar School, 1817-18 ; then principal of the English Department
of Richmond Academy, Augusta, Geo., until his death, of yellow fever,
Aug. 20, 1820.

James B. Gibson became a lawyer in Salem, N. Y., and died
some twenty-five or thirty years ago.

Thomas E. Hale was from Rutland. He went to Portland,
Me., to reside with an uncle ; became a lawyer, and settled in Castinc,
Me., where he died subsequent to the war of 1812.

Daniel C. Hopkins has been a minister in Orange County,
N, Y., and was once Pastor of a Presbyterian church in Sangerfield,
N. Y. In 1850, he was residing in Wcedsport, N. Y.


G'liOMAs DiLLiNO IIuoGiNS was from Westhavcn. He became a
lawyer, and settled in Albany, N. Y., where he died in 181G or '17.

Ira Manley was from Dorset. lie is a Presbyterian clergyman,
and not long since was ministering in Essex County, N. Y,

David M'Wiiorter died soon after graduating, probably in Wash-
ington County, N. Y.

Matthew Phelps was born in New Haven. He was a Major in
the U. S. service in the War of 1812, and died in New Haven, Sept.
5, 1813. He represented the town of New Haven in the General As-
sembly, ISll, and was a Judge of Addison County Court, 1810-12.

William Douglass Smith was born in Rupert, 1786, and fitted at
Addison County Grammar School. He read law with his father, Gov.
Israel Smith, and practiced in Rutland till his death in 1822. He died
suddenly, at Burlington, of inflammation of the bowels. He was Clerk
of the General Assembly from 1809 till his death.

JuBA Storrs was born in Mansfield, Conn., 1782, and fitted at Ad-
dison County Grammar School. He read law with Col. Seth Storrs of
Middlebury, Asa Bacon, Esq., of Canterbury, Conn., and at Judge
Reeve's Law School, Litchfield Conn. In 1808, he commenced prac-
ticing law in Buffalo, N. Y. ; was Clerk of Niagara County, N. Y., a
short time about 1810 ; became engaged in commercial pursuits in Buf-
falo, afterwards in Canandaigua, N. Y., then in Buffalo, again, whence
in 1826 he went to Mansfield, Conn., where he has since resided, ex-
cept a short time in 1831, during which he was editor of a weekly
Anti-Masonic paper in Tolland, Conn.

1 805.

Amos Bingham was born in Bennington, 1780, and fitted princi-
pally with Rev. Job Swift, D, D., of that town. He taught in Troy,
N. Y., six months, and read theology with Rev. Jonas Coe, D. D., of
that place, and Rev. Asa Burton, D. D., of Thetford. He labored as
a home missionary in many places in Vermont, New York, and Con-
necticut, till 1818 ; as city missionary in Albany, N. Y., 1818-19, in
Boston, Mass., 1819-28; and preached in various places 1828-34.
In 1834, he went to Virginia, and thence, in 1835, to Philadelphia,


Ponn., where he has since remained. He was ordained an Evangelist
by the Pawlet Association of Congregational IMinisters, in 1817.

Luther Palmer Blodgett was born in Cornwall, March 19, 1783,
and fitted at Addison County Grammar School. He read theology with
Pres. Atwater, and Kev. Jedediah Bushnell of Cornwall. He was
Pastor of the Congregational church in Kochester 12 years, in Jericho,
1819-27, since which he has labored at Little Falls, N. Y., Sherburne,
N. Y., and Exeter, N. Y.

William H. Cooley was from Kupert. He became a lawyer, and
settled in western New York.

Joel Datis was born in Hubbardston, Mass., Oct. 9, 1776, and
fitted at Leicester Academy, Mass. He taught a select school in Mid-
dlebury eight months, and then read theology with Kev. John B. Pres-
ton of Rupert. He was Pastor of the Congregational church in Bar-
nard, from Aug. 1808 till May 1822 ; was engaged in missionary and
other labors, two years ; was Pastor in Williamstown, 1824-34 ; sup-
plied destitute churches in Vermont, 1834-37, the church in Washing-
ton, N. H., 1837-40, in Williamstown, 1840-42; since which he has
resided in Croydon, N. H.

j£SS£ Gove was born in Bennington, Feb. 20, 1783, and fitted
with Samuel Walker, Esq., of Rutland. He read law with Cephas
Smith, Jr., Esq., of Rutland, and was admitted to the bar in 1808.
He was appointed Clerk of the United States District and Circuit
Courts for the district of Vermont, 1809, and held the office till his
death, April 30, 1842. He always resided in Rutland.

Daniel Gray was from Bridport, and died there, probably in 1823.

Daniel Hall was born in 1786 or '87, and came to College from
Westminster. He read law with Amasa Paine, Esq., of Windsor,
1805-00, in Troy, N. Y., 1806-09, and since then has practiced law
in Troy.

Timothy Harris was born in Williamstown, Mass., Mar. 15, 1781,
and fitted with Rev. Benj. Wooster of Cornwall. He read theology
with Rev. John B. Preston of Rupert ; preached six months in Mont-
gomery Co., O. ; became Pastor of tlic Congregational church in Gran-


ville, 0., Dec. 1808, and so continued till his death, of consumption,
March 28, 1822.

John Laavton was born in Ilardwiek, Mass., Aug. 14, 1780, and
fitted with llcv. Elijah Brainard at Windsor. He was a teacher in Sa-
lem, N. Y., and Poughkcepsio, N. Y., 1805-07 ; read theology with
Rev. John B. Preston of Rupert ; was Pastor of the Congregational
church in Windham, 1809-19; in Hillsborough, N. H., 1819-34.
He was then employed two years as a home missionary in Illinois, af-
ter which his time was spent mostly in N. H. and Vt. until his death,
(caused by inhaling a poisonous substance used in taking daguerreotype
likenesses,) at Newport, N. H., April 17, 1842.

Joseph D. Learned was born in 1788 and came to College from
Swanzey, N. H. He was principal of an Academy in N. H., 1805-06 ;
traveled in the Southern and Western States, 1800-08 ; read law in
Mass., 1808-10, and commenced practice in Portland, Me. He soon
went into the military service, became Colonel, and was appointed to
the command of the Eastern Military Division of the United States.
At the close of the war in 1816, he resumed the practice of law in Bal-
timore, Md., where he continued till 1837. He then resided in Mo-
bile, Ala., a few months; in Saint Louis, Mo., two years and went
thence to Davenport, Iowa, where he was residing in 1844.

RoLLiN C. Mallary was born in Cheshire, Conn., May 27, 1784.
He was preceptor of Castleton Academy, 1806 ; read law with Hon.
Horatio Seymour, LL. D., of Middlcbury ; practiced law in Castleton,
1807-18 ; in Poultney from 1818 till his death, April 15, 1831. He
was Secretary of the Governor and Council of Vermont, 1807, 1809-12
and 1815-19 ; State's Attorney for Rutland County, 1810-13 and
1815-16 ; member of the Corporation of Middlcbury College, 1825-31 ;
Member of Congress, 1820-31. He died in Baltimore, Md. ; but his
remains were brought to Poultney for burial, and a monument was
erected over them by the members of the Rutland County Bar.

Calvin Noble was born in New Milford, Conn., Jan. 9, 1777.
He read theology with Rev. Asa Burton, D. D., of Thetford ; labored
awhile as a missionary in Vermont ; and was Pastor of the Congrega-
tional church in Chelsea from Sept. 1807 till his death in April, 1834.

Justus Post, from Addison, fitted at Addison County Grammar

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School. He graduated at the U. S. Military Academy, at West Point,
in December, 1807 ; then enrercd the Army and became connected
with the Colonel's Staff as Quarter Master General, which office he held
till 1815. Since then he has been a planter, near St. Charles, Mo.

Julius A. Preston, from Orwell, was about seventeen when he
graduated. He was an uncommonly precocious youth, and died (in
Canada, it is thought,) a few months after graduating.

Salem Town, from Belehertown, Mass., was born in 1778 or '79.
He has taught tlie classics thirty years in three different Academies.
In March, 1843, in connection with the Superintendent of Common
Schools for Tompkins County, N. Y., he opened a Teachers' Institute,
which was the first one ever held, and the origin of the system. He has
been connected with forty-one Institutes, and in them has given instruc-
tion to more than six thousand teachers. His present residence is Au-
rora, N. Y. He received the degree of LL. J), from the Regents of
the University of the State of New York, in Oct. 1849. His publica-
tions are, Analysis of the English Language ; Bible Reader ; Grammar
School Reader ; Series of Readers ; Speller ; Pthetorieal Chart, &c. &c.

CuESTER Wright was born in Hanover, N. H., Nov. 6, 1776.
He was preceptor of Addison County Grammar School, 1805-07 ; read
theology with Rev. Asa Burton, D. D., of Thetford, and Rev. Timothy
Dwight, D. D., of New Haven, Conn. ; and in 1809 was ordained in
Montpelier over a church of 17 members. He was dismissed in 1830.
The church then numbered over 400. He was Pastor of the Congre-
gational church in Hardwick from 1837 till his death, at Montpelier,
April 16, 1840. Mr. Wright was a member of the Corporation of
Middlcbury College, 1819-40. At an early day he published the Fed-
eral Compendium, (an Arithmetic,) and afterwards several sermons.


William Andrews was born in Ellington, Conn., 1782. He was
Pastor of the Congregational church in Windham, Conn., 1808-13 ;
in Danbury, Conn., 1813-27; in Cornwall, Conn., from 1827 till his
death, Jan. 1, 1838.

Caleb Burge was born in Tolland, Conn., 1782. He read theol-
ogy with Rev. Abijuh Wines of Newport, N. II. ; was Pastor of the


Congregational clmrch in Guiklliall, lSOS-14 ; in Brattleborougb,
1814-19 ; in Glastonbury, Conn., 1821-20, whence he went to Belle-
ville, N. Y. During the last eight or ten years of his life, he also
practiced medicine. Aug. 28, 1838, he was thrown from his carriage
and so severely injured that he died at Warsaw, N. Y., Aug. 31. lie
published, while at Glastonbury, a " valuable treatise on the Atone-

AsAHEL Clark was from Mount Holly. He became a lawyer, and
died at Glenn's Falls, N. Y., Nov. 22, 1822, aged about 40.

Solomon G. Conklin, from Albany, N. Y., was born about 1785.
He died not long after graduating, — one account says in the summer of
1807. A Solomon G. Conklin graduated at West Point JMilitary
Academy, Jan. 1809, and died in the military service, at Fort McHen-
ry, Md., Aug. 9, 1810.

Chauncy Cook was born in Connecticut, 1778, and fitted with
President Atwater. He read theology with Rev. Asa Burton, D. D.,
of Thetford ; was a missionary in Northern Vermont, 1808-12;
Pastor in Adams, N. Y., 1812-16 ; in Lima, N. Y., 1816-18 ; preach-
ed in Pittsford, Chili and Green, Monroe County, N.Y., 1818-33; in
Aurora, N. Y., 1833-37, whence he went to Illinois, where he has
preached to three different churches. In 1850, he was residing in Ot-
tawa, 111.

Eli Eddy was born in Londonderry, July 14, 1783. He read the-
ology, but his health never permitted him to preach statedly. He was
a teacher in Salisbury, Trenton, and Rome, N. Y., till 1814 or '15 ; in
Utica, N. Y., till 1817 ; in Geneva, N. Y., 1817-27 ; in Prattsburgli,
N. Y., 1827-28; in Geneva, again, 1828-30; in Bath, N. Y., from
1830 till his death, Sept. 4, 1832. He published The Juvenile Phi-
losopher, pp. about 300, 12mo.

John FnosT was from Sandgate. lie was preceptor of Addison
County Grammar School, 1807-08 ; studied his profession at Andover
Theo. Sem. ; was ordained Pastor of the Presbyterian church in Whites-
borough, N. Y., 1813, and went thence to Elmira, N. Y., where he was
installed in 1835. "After remaining there a few years, he returned to
Whitesborough, and preached to the vacant churches in the vicinity as
he had opportunity." He died suddenly at Waterville, N. Y., March
1, 1842.


Daniel Hascall was born Feb. 24, 1782, and came to College
from Pawlet. He was preceptor of an Academy in Pittsfield, Mass.,

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