From The General Catalogue of the Divinity School of Harvard University (1920)

Here are listed the biographical sketches taken from the General Catalogue of the Divinity School of Harvard University (1920). The listing does not include the Presidents of Harvard (who are members of the Faulty) or instructors not members of the Faculty, secretaries of the Faculty, Librarians, and Andover Professors in Harvard University (unless these were collaterally or later designed members).

The 1915 edition is available (Columbia University digitized copy) and can be consulted for information about how the catalogue was constructed, abbreviations used, and conventions. Among them:

  • All degrees are of Harvard University unless the contrary is stated.
  • All colleges and other institutions of learning, and all towns, are in Massachusetts unless the contrary is stated, but if the state of an institution is once mentioned, it is not repeated in the same paragraph.

Dates not covered in the General Catalogue were added from the volumes of Who Was Who.

Levi Frisbie -1819-July 9, 1822

b. Ipswich, Sept. 15, 1783. A.B. 1802; A.M. 1806. Harvard University: Tutor in Latin, 1805-1811; Professor of Latin, 1811-1814; College Professor of Latin, 1814-1817; Alford Professor of Natural Religion, Moral Philosophy, and Civil Polity, 1817-July 9, 1822. d. Cambridge, July 9, 1822.

Andrews Norton - 1819-Dec. 1, 1830

b. Hingham, Dec. 31, 1786. A.B. 1804; A.M. 1807; A.M. (Hon.), Bowdoin Coll., Me., 1815. Bowdoin College: Tutor, 1809-1810. Harvard University: Tutor in Mathematics and Natural History, Mar. 1, 1811-1811; Librarian, 1813-1821; Dexter Lecturer on Biblical Criticism, 1813-1819; Dexter Professor of Sacred Literature, 1819-Dec. 1, 1830. d. Newport, R.I., Sept. 18, 1853.

Henry Ware - 1819-1840

b. Sherburne, (now Sherborn), Apr. 1, 1764. A.B. 1785; S.T.D. 1806. Ord. Hingham (First Parish), Oct. 24, 1787-May 5, 1805. Harvard University: Hollis Professor of Divinity, 1805 (emeritus after 1840)-July 12, 1845. d. Cambridge, July 12, 1845.

Sidney Willard - 1819-Dec. 1, 1831

b. Beverly, Sept. 19, 1780. A.B. 1798; A.M. 1801; A.M. (ad eundem), Brown Univ., R.I., 181Q. Harvard University: Librarian, 1800-1805; Hancock Professor of Hebrew and other Oriental Languages, 1807-Dec. 1, 1831. d. Cambridge, Dec. 6, 1856.

Edward Everett - 1820-1821

b. Dorchester, April 11, 1794. A.B. 1811; A.M. 1814; Ph.D., Göttingen Univ., Germany, 1817; LL.D., Yale Univ., Conn., 1833; LL.D. 1835; LL.D., Cambridge Univ., England, 1842; LL.D., Dartmouth Coll., N. H., 1849; D.C.L., Oxford Univ., England, 1843. Ord. Boston (Church in Brattle Square), Feb. 9, 1814-Mar. 5, 1815. Harvard University: Eliot Professor of Greek Literature, 1815-1826. Member of Congress, 1825-1835. Governor of Massachusetts, 1836-1840. Minister to Great Britain, 1841-1845. Harvard University: President, Feb. 5, 1846-Feb. 1, 1849. U. S. Secretary of State, Oct. 1852-1853. U. S. Senator, 1853-May 1854. d. Boston, Jan. 15, 1865.

Charles Theodore Christian Follen - 1828-1831

b. Romrod, Germany, Sept. 4, 1796. J. U. D., Univ. of Giessen, Germany, 1817. University of Basle, Switzerland: Professor of Civil and Ecclesiastical Law, 1821-1824. Harvard University: Instructor in German, 1825-1830; Instructor in History and Ethics, 1828-1830; Professor of the German Language and Literature, 1830-1835. Ord. Boston, Oct. 30, 1836. New York, N.Y., (First Congregational Church), May 1, 1837-May 1, 1838; East Lexington, May 1, 1839-Jan. 13, 1840. d. on Long Island Sound, Jan. 13, 1840.

Henry Ware, Jr. - 1829-1842

b. Hingham, Apr. 21, 1794. A.B. 1812; A.M. 1815; S.T.D. 1834. Ord. Boston (Second Church), Jan. 1, 1817-Oct. 3, 1830. Harvard University: Professor (after 1840 Parkman Professor) of Pulpit Eloquence and the Pastoral Care, 1829-1842. d. Framingham, Sept. 22, 1843.

John Gorham Palfrey - Nov. 11, 1830-1839

b. Boston, May 2, 1796. A.B. 1815; A.M. 1818 (HDS graduate 1818); S.T.D. 1834; LL.D., St. Andrews Univ., Scotland, 1838; LL.D. 1869. Ord. Boston (Church in Brattle Square), June 17, 1818-Feb. 20, 1831. Harvard University: Professor of Biblical Literature, Nov. 11, 1830-1839; Dean of Divinity School, Nov. 11, 1830-1839. Member of Congress, 1847-1849. d. Cambridge, April 26, 1881.

George Rapall Noyes - 1840-June 3, 1868

b. Newburyport, Mar. 6, 1798. A.B. 1818; A.M. 1821 (HDS graduate 1822); S.T.D. 1839. Harvard University: Tutor in Greek, 1825-1827. Ord. Brookfield, Oct. 31, 1827-Oct. 15, 1834; Petersham, Oct. 15, 1834-Sept. 1840. Harvard University: Hancock Professor of Hebrew and other Oriental Languages and Dexter Lecturer on Biblical Literature, 1840-June 3, 1868. d. Cambridge, June 3, 1868.

Convers Francis - 1842-Apr. 7, 1863

b. West Cambridge (now Arlington), Nov. 9,1795. A.B. 1815; A.M. 1818 (HDS graduate 1818); S.T.D. 1837. Ord. Watertown, June 23, 1819-Aug. 21, 1842. Harvard University: Parkman Professor of Pulpit Eloquence and the Pastoral Care, 1842-Apr. 7, 1863. d. Cambridge, Apr. 7, 1863.

George Edward Ellis - 1857-1863

b. Boston, Aug. 8, 1814. A.B. 1833; A.M. 1836 (HDS graduate 1836); S.T.D. 1857; LL.D. 1883. Ord. Charlestown, Mar. 11, 1840-July 1, 1869. Harvard University: non-resident Professor of Systematic Theology, 1857-1863. d. Boston, Dec. 20, 1894.

Frederic Henry Hedge - 1857-1876

b. Cambridge, Dec. 12, 1805. A.B. 1825; A.M. 1828 (HDS graduate 1828); S.T.D. 1852; LL.D. 1886. Ord. West Cambridge (now Arlington), May 20,1829-Mar. 9, 1835; Bangor, Me., May 3, 1835-Mar. 1850; Providence, R. I., Mar. 27, 1850-Sept. 1856; Brookline, Oct. 5,1856-Sept. 1872. Harvard University: non-resident Professor of Ecclesiastical History, 1857-1876; Professor of German, 1872-1881; Instructor in Ecclesiastical History, 1877-1878. d. Cambridge, Aug. 21, 1890.

Oliver Stearns - 1863-1878

b. Lunenburg, June 3, 1807. A.B. 1826; A.M. 1829 (HDS graduate 1830); S.T.D. 1857. Ord. Northampton, Nov. 9, 1831-Apr. 1, 1839; Hingham (Third Congregational Society), July 1,1839-Oct. 1,1856. Meadville Theological School, Pa.: President, 1856-1863. Harvard University: Parkman Professor of Pulpit Eloquence and the Pastoral Care, and Lecturer on Christian Theology, 1863-1869; Parkman Professor of Theology, 1869-1878; Dean of Divinity School, Apr. 25, 1870-1878. d. Cambridge, July 18, 1885.

 

 

James Freeman Clarke - 1867-1871

b. Hanover, N. H., Apr. 4, 1810. A.B. 1829 (HDS graduate 1833); S.T.D. 1863. Ord. Boston, July 21, 1833. Louisville, Ky., Aug. 4, 1833-June 16,1840; Boston (Church of the Disciples), Feb. 28, 1841-June 8, 1888. Harvard University: non-resident Professor of Natural Religion and Christian Doctrine, 1867-1871; Lecturer on Ethnic Religions, 1876-1877. d. Jamaica Plain, June 8, 1888.

Edward James Young - Jan. 6, 1869-1880

b. Boston, Apr. 1,1829. A.B. 1848; A.M. 1851; S.T.D., Tufts Coll., 1887. Ord. Newton (Channing Religious Society), June 18, 1857-Mar. 21, 1869. Harvard University: Hancock Professor of Hebrew and other Oriental Languages and Dexter Lecturer on Biblical Literature, Jan. 6, 1869-1880. Waltham, Nov. 14, 1880-Oct. 30, 1892. d. Waltham, June 23, 1906.

Charles Carroll Everett - 1869-Oct. 16, 1900

b. Brunswick, Me., June 19, 1829. A.B., Bowdoin Coll., Me., 1850; A.M., Bowdoin Coll., 1853 (HDS graduate 1859); S.T.D., Bowdoin Coll., 1870; S.T.D. 1874; LL.D., Bowdoin Coll., 1894. Bowdoin College: Librarian, 1853-1857; Professor of Modern Languages, 1855-1857. Ord. Bangor, Me., Sept. 1, 1859-Oct. 4, 1869. Harvard University: Bussey Professor of Theology, 1869-Oct. 16, 1900; Dean of Divinity School, 1878-Oct. 16, 1900. d. Cambridge, Oct. 16, 1900.

Ezra Abbot - 1872-Mar. 21, 1884

b. Jackson, Me., Apr. 28, 1819. A.B., Bowdoin Coll., Me., 1840; A.M., Bowdoin Coll., 1843; A.M. (Hon.) 1861; LL.D., Yale Univ., Conn., 1869; S.T.D. 1872; LL.D., Bowdoin Coll., 1878. Harvard University: Assistant Librarian, 1856-1872; Bussey Professor of New Testament Criticism and Interpretation, 1872-Mar. 21, 1884. d. Cambridge, Mar. 21, 1884.

Crawford Howell Toy - 1880-1909

b. Norfolk, Va., Mar. 23, 1836. A.M., Univ. of Virginia, 1856; S,T.D., Wake Forest Coll., N.C, 1872; LL.D., Howard Coll., Ala.,1882; LL.D., Univ. of North Carolina, 1889; LL.D. 1904. Ord.(bapt.) Charlottesville, Va., June 1860. Richmond College, Va.:Professor of Greek, Jan. 1861-May 1861. Chaplain, 53d Regiment Georgia Infantry, Jan. 1863-Aug. 1864. University of Alabama: Professor of Natural Philosophy and Astronomy, Sept. 1864-Apr. 1865. Furnian University, S.C: Professor of Greek, Jan. 1869-June 1869. Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, S.C (after 1877 Ky.): Professor of Old Testament Interpretation, 1869-1879. Harvard University: Hancock Professor of Hebrew and other Oriental Languages, 1880 (emeritus after 1909)-1919; Dexter Lecturer on Biblical Literature, 1880-1903. d. Cambridge, May 12, 1919.

Francis Greenwood Peabody - 1881-1912

b. Boston, Dec. 4, 1847. A.B. 1869; A.M. 1872; S.T.B., 1872; S.T.D., Yale Univ., Conn., 1887; LL.D., Western Reserve Univ., O., 1907; S.T.D. 1909. Ord. Cambridge (First Parish), Mar. 31, 1874-Sept. 30,1879. Harvard University: Overseer, 1877-1882; Lecturer on Ethics and Homiletics, 1880-1881; Parkman Professor of Theology, 1881-1886; Plummer Professor of Christian Morals, 1886 (emeritus after 1913)-1936; Dean of Divinity School, 1901-Nov. 21, 1906. d. Dec. 28, 1936.

Ephraim Emerton - 1882-1918

b. Salem, Feb. 18, 1851. A.B. 1871; A.M. and Ph.D., Leipsic Univ., Germany, 1876. Harvard University: Instructor in History and German, 1876-1878; Instructor in History, 1878-1882; Winn Professor of Ecclesiastical History, 1882 (emeritus after 1918)-1935. d. Mar. 3, 1935.

David Gordon Lyon - 1882-1906

b. Benton, Ala,, May 24, 1852. A.B., Howard Coll., Ala., 1875; Ph.D., Leipsic Univ., Germany, 1882; S.T.D. 1901. Harvard University: Hollis Professor of Divinity, 1882-1910; Curator of the Semitic Museum, Jan. 12, 1891-1922; Hon. Curator of the Semitic Museum, 1922-1935; Hancock Professor of Hebrew and other Oriental Languages, 1910-1922. d. Dec. 4, 1935.

Joseph Henry Thayer - 1884-1901

b.  Boston, Nov. 7, 1828. A.B. 1850; Grad. Andover Theological Sem., 1857; A.M. 1864; S.T.D., Yale Univ., Conn., 1873; S.T.D. 1884; Litt.D., Dublin Univ., Ireland, 1892; S.T.D., Princeton Univ. N.J., 1896. Ord. (Tr. Cong.) Salem (Crombie Street Church), Dec. 29, 1859-Feb. 19, 1864. Chaplain, 40th Regiment Infantry, Massachusetts Volunteers, Sept. 17, 1862-May 16, 1863. Andover Theological Seminary: Professor of Sacred Literature, 1864-1882. Harvard University: Fellow, 1877-1884; Lecturer on Biblical Theology, 1883-1884; Bussey Professor of New Testament Criticism and Interpretation, 1884 (emeritus after Sept. 1, 1901)-Nov. 26, 1901. d. Cambridge, Nov. 26, 1901.

James Hardy Ropes - 1895-1933

b. Salem, Sept. 3, 1866. A.B. 1889; Grad. Andover Theological Sem., 1893; S.T.B., Andover Theological Sem., 1898; S.T.D., Western Reserve Univ., O., 1905. Harvard University: Instructor in New Testament Criticism and Interpretation, 1895-1898; Assistant Professor of New Testament Criticism and Interpretation, 1898-1903; Bussey Professor of New Testament Criticism and Interpretation, 1903-1910; Dexter Lecturer on Biblical Literature, 1903-; Dean in charge of University Extension, Feb. 23, 1910-1922; Hollis Professor of Divinity, 1910-1933. Acting Dean (HDS), 1927. Ord. (Tr. Cong.) Cambridge, June 18, 1901. d. Jan. 7, 1933.

John Winthrop Platner - 1896-1901

b. Lee, May 15, 1865. A.B. Yale, 1885; Grad. Union Theological Sem., 1893; A.M. Yale, 1901. Union Theological Seminary, 1893; A.M., Yale, 1901; S.T.D. Western Reserve Univ., O., 1901; LL.D., Grinnell Coll., Ia., 1920. Union Theological Seminary: Instructor in Apologetics, 1895-96; Harvard University,: Assistant Professor of Ecclesiastical History, 1896-1901. Ord. (Tr. Cong.) Cambridge, June 18, 1901. Andover Theological Seminary: Professor of Ecclesiastical History, 1901-21; Acting Pres. 1917-19; Dean 1919-21. Harvard University: Andover Professor of Ecclesiastical History, 1908-1921. d. Cambridge, Mar. 18, 1921.

 

 

Edward Hale - 1897-1906

Edward Hale

b. Northampton, Feb. 22, 1858. A.B. 1879; S.T.B.,1886. Ord. (Un. Cong.) Boston (South Congregational Church, associate pastor), Oct. 14, 1886- Apr. 1, 1891; Orange, N. J., Apr. 2, 1891-July 1, 1897. Harvard University: Assistant in Homiletics, 1888-1896; Instructor in Homiletics, 1896-1897; Assistant Professor of Homiletics, 1897-1906. Chestnut Hill, Oct. 3, 1897-Mar. 27, 1918. d. Chestnut Hill, Mar. 27, 1918.

William Wallace Fenn - 1901-1932

William Wallace Fenn

b. Boston, Feb. 12, 1862. A.B. 1884; S.T.B., 1887; S.T.D. 1908. Pittsfield (Un. Cong.), Oct. 1887 (Ord. Jan. 8, 1890)-Mar. 28,1891; Chicago, Ill., (First Unitarian Society), May 3, 1891-Mar. 1, 1901. Harvard University: Bussey Professor of Theology, 1901-1932; Dean of the Faculty of Divinity, Nov. 21, 1906-1922. d. Cambridge, Mar. 6, 1932.

George Foot Moore - 1901-1928

George Foot Moore b. West Chester, Pa., Oct. 15, 1851. A.B., Yale Univ., Conn., 1872; Grad. Union Theological Sem., N.Y., 1877; A.M., Yale Univ., 1883; S.T.D., Marietta Coll., O., 1885; S.T.D., Yale Univ., 1897; LL.D., Western Reserve Univ., O., 1903; LL.D., 1906; S.T.D., Univ. of Gottingen, Germany, 1909; Litt.D., Yale Univ., 1915. Bloomingburg, O., (Presb.), Oct. 7, 1877-Apr. 21, 1878. Ord. Mount Sterling, O., Feb. 8, 1878. Zanesville, O., (Putnam Church), May 14, 1878-May 6, 1883. Andover Theological Seminary: Hitchcock Professor of Hebrew Language and Literature, 1883-Feb. 1902; Lecturer on History of Religions, 1893-1901; President of the Faculty, 1899-1901. Harvard University: Professor of Theology, 1901-1904; Frothingham Professor of the History of Religion, 1904-1928. d. May 16, 1931.

 

Edward Caldwell Moore - 1902-1929

Edward Caldwell Moore b. West Chester, Pa., Sept. 1, 1857. A.B., Marietta Coll., O., 1877; A.M., Marietta Coll., 1880; Grad. Union Theological Sem., N.Y., 1884; Ph.D., Brown Univ., R.I., 1891; S.T.D., Marietta Coll., 1893; S.T.D., Yale Univ., Conn., 1909. Ord. (Presb.) Columbus, O., May 12, 1884. Yonkers, N.Y., (Westminster Presbyterian Church), Oct. 1, 1886-Dec. 31, 1888; Providence, R.I., (Tr. Cong.) (Central Congregational Church), Jan. 1, 1889-Mar. 31, 1902. Harvard University: Parkman Professor of Theology, 1902-1929; Chairman of the Board of Preachers, 1905-1928; Plummer Professor of Christian Morals, 1915-1929.

Frederic Palmer - 1913-1920

b. Boston, Aug. 6, 1848. A.B., 1869; A.M., 1872; S.T.B., Andover Theological Sem., 1872; S.T.D., Episcopal Theological Sem., Cambridge, 1910. Ord. (Tr. Cong.) Revere, Mar. 11, 1875-June 30, 1878. Ord. deacon (Prot. Epis.) Dec. 6, 1878, priest, Dec. 18, 1878. Roxbury (St. James Church) and Boston (Emanuel Church) (assistant) July 8, 1878-Sept. 1, 1879; Lonsdale, R.I., (rector in charge) Oct. 31, 1879-Sept. 26, 1880; Jenkintown, Pa., (Church of Our Saviour) Dec. 12, 1880-Apr. 1, 1888; Andover (Christ Church) Apr. 8, 1888-Oct. 1, 1913. Harvard University: Lecturer on Practical Theology, Sept. 1, 1913-Sept. 1, 1916; Managing Editor of the Harvard Theological Review, Sept. 1, 1913-Jan. 1, 1921; Secretary, Editorial Board, Harvard Theological Review, Jan. 1, 1921-1932. d. July 4, 1932.

Henry Wilder Foote - 1914-1924

b. Boston, Feb. 2, 1875. A.B. 1897; A.M. 1900; S.T.B. 1902. Ord. (Un. Cong.) Boston, June 18, 1902. New Orleans, La., Oct. 1, 1902-June 1, 1906; Ann Arbor, Mich., Sept. 1, 1906-Nov. 30, 1910; Belton, 1924-1940 (afterwards, emeritus)' Charlottesville, Va., 1943-1945.. Secretary of the Department of Education, American Unitarian Association, Dec. 1, 1909-Mar. 31, 1914. Harvard University: Assistant Professor of Preaching and Parish Administration, and Secretary of the Faculty of the Harvard Divinity School, Apr. 1, 1914-1922; Secretary of the Faculty of the Theological School, 1922-1924. d. Aug. 27, 1964.

Irvah Lester Winter - 1914-1925

b. New Braintree, Dec. 26, 1857. A.B. 1886. Teacher, Orchard Lake, Mich., Gambier, O. Harvard University: Instructor in Elocution, 1899-1903; Assistant Professor of Elocution, 1903-1908; Assistant Professor of Public Speaking, 1908-1913; Associate Professor of Public Speaking, 1913-1925. d. May 30, 1934.

Kirsopp Lake - 1914-1932

Kirsopp Lake b. Southampton, England, Apr. 7, 1872. B.A., Lincoln College, Oxford, 1895; M.A., Oxford, 1897; D.D., St. Andrews, 1911. Ord. (Church of England, by the Bishop of Durham) deacon, 1895; priest, 1896. Curate, Lumley, Durham, 1895-1896; Oxford (S. Mary the Virgin) 1897-1903. Lecturer for the intercollegiate board, Oxford, 1897-1903. Professor Ord. for New Testament and Early Christian Literature, University of Leyden, Holland, 1904-1914. Harvard University: Professor of Early Christian Literature, 1914-1918; Winn Professor of Ecclesiastical History, 1918-1932; Professor of History, 1932-1938. d. Niv. 10, 1946..

 

Robert Franz Foerster - 1914-1921

b. Pittsburg, Pa., July 8, 1883. A.B., 1906; Ph.D., 1909. Harvard University: Assistant in Social Ethics, 1908-1909; Instructor in Social Ethics, 1909-1913; Assistant Professor of Social Ethics, 1913-1921. Princeton University: Professor of Economics, 1922-1926. d. July 29, 1941.

James Richard Jewett - 1914-1934

b. Westport, Me., Mar. 14, 1862. A.B. 1884; Ph.D., Univ. of Strassburg, Germany, 1891. Brown University, R.I.: Instructor in Semitic Languages and History, 1890-1891; Associate Professor of Semitic Languages and History, 1891-1895. University of Minnesota: Professor of Semitic Languages and Oriental History, 1895-1902. University of Chicago, Ill.: Professor of Arabic Language and Literature, 1902-1911. Harvard University: Instructor in Semitic Languages, 1887-1888; Professor of Arabic, 1911-1933. d.Mar. 31, 1943.

Henry Wyman Holmes - 1915-1916

b. Boston, Oct. 26, 1880. A.B., 1903; A.M., 1904. Harvard University: Instructor in Education, 1907-1910; Assistant Professor of Education, 1910-1917; Professor of Education, 1917-1947; Dean, Graduate School of Education, 1920-1940. d. June 14, 1960.