Introduction

The following biographical descriptions come from the General Catalogue of the Divinity School of Harvard University (1920), to which we supply additional biographical information, including links to works by and about the faculty.   

Levi Frisbie -1819-July 9, 1822

Born in Ipswich, MA on Sept. 15, 1783.   Education: Harvard, A.B. 1802; A.M. 1806.  At 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. Died in Cambridge, MA July 9, 1822.

Andrews Norton - 1819-Dec. 1, 1830

Born in Hingham, MA on Dec. 31, 1786. Education: Harvard, A.B. 1804; A.M. 1807; A.M. (Hon.), Bowdoin Coll., Me., 1815. At Bowdoin College: Tutor, 1809-1810. At 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. Died in Newport, R.I., Sept. 18, 1853. 

Henry Ware - 1819-1840

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

Sidney Willard - 1819-Dec. 1, 1831

Born in Beverly, Sept. 19, 1780. Education: Harvard, A.B. 1798; A.M. 1801; A.M. (ad eundem), Brown Univ., R.I., 1810. At Harvard University: Librarian, 1800-1805; Hancock Professor of Hebrew and other Oriental Languages, 1807-Dec. 1, 1831. Died in Cambridge, Dec. 6, 1856.

Edward Everett - 1820-1821

Born in Dorchester, April 11, 1794. Education: Harvard, 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. Ordained (Unitarian) at Boston (Church in Brattle Square), Feb. 9, 1814-Mar. 5, 1815. At 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. Died in Boston, Jan. 15, 1865. 

Charles Theodore Christian Follen - 1828-1831

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

John Gorham Palfrey - Nov. 11, 1830-1839

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

George Rapall Noyes - 1840-June 3, 1868

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

George Edward Ellis - 1857-1863

Born in Boston on Aug. 8, 1814. Education: Harvard, A.B. 1833; A.M. 1836 (HDS graduate 1836); S.T.D. 1857; LL.D. 1883. Ordained (Unitarian) at Charlestown, Mar. 11, 1840-July 1, 1869. At Harvard University: non-resident Professor of Systematic Theology, 1857-1863. Died in Boston on Dec. 20, 1894.

Frederic Henry Hedge - 1857-1876

 Born in Cambridge on Dec. 12, 1805. Education: Harvard, A.B. 1825; A.M. 1828 (HDS graduate 1828); S.T.D. 1852; LL.D. 1886. Ordained (Unitarian) in 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. At Harvard University: non-resident Professor of Ecclesiastical History, 1857-1876; Professor of German, 1872-1881; Instructor in Ecclesiastical History, 1877-1878. Died in Cambridge on Aug. 21, 1890.

Oliver Stearns - 1863-1878

Born in Lunenburg, MA on June 3, 1807. Education: Harvard, A.B. 1826; A.M. 1829 (HDS graduate 1830); S.T.D. 1857. Ordained (Unitarian) at Northampton, Nov. 9, 1831-Apr. 1, 1839; Hingham (Third Congregational Society), July 1,1839-Oct. 1,1856. Meadville Theological School, Pa.: President, 1856-1863.  At 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. Died in Cambridge on July 18, 1885. 

James Freeman Clarke - 1867-1871

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

Edward James Young - Jan. 6, 1869-1880

Born in Boston on Apr. 1,1829. Education: Harvard, A.B. 1848; A.M. 1851; S.T.D., Tufts Coll., 1887. Ordained (Unitarian) at  Newton (Channing Religious Society), June 18, 1857-Mar. 21, 1869. At 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. Died in Waltham, MA on June 23, 1906. 

Charles Carroll Everett - 1869-Oct. 16, 1900

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

Ezra Abbot - 1872-Mar. 21, 1884

Born in Jackson, ME on April 28, 1819. Education: 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. At Harvard University: Assistant Librarian, 1856-1872; Bussey Professor of New Testament Criticism and Interpretation, 1872-Mar. 21, 1884. Died in Cambridge on Mar. 21, 1884. 

Crawford Howell Toy - 1880-1909

Born in Norfolk, Virginia on Mar. 23, 1836. Education: 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. Ordained (Baptist) 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. Furman 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. At Harvard University: Hancock Professor of Hebrew and other Oriental Languages, 1880 (emeritus after 1909)-1919; Dexter Lecturer on Biblical Literature, 1880-1903. Died in Cambridge on May 12, 1919.

Francis Greenwood Peabody - 1881-1912

Born in Boston on Dec. 4, 1847. Education: Harvard, 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. Ordained (Unitarian) at First Parish in Cambridge, Mar. 31, 1874-Sept. 30,1879. At 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. Died on Dec. 28, 1936

Ephraim Emerton - 1882-1918

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

David Gordon Lyon - 1882-1906

Born in Benton, Alabama on May 24, 1852. Education: A.B., Howard Coll., Ala., 1875; Ph.D., Leipsic Univ., Germany, 1882; S.T.D. 1901. At 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. Died on Dec. 4, 1935. 

Joseph Henry Thayer - 1884-1901

Born in  Boston on Nov. 7, 1828. Education: Harvard, 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. (Trinitarian Congregational) 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. At 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. Died in Cambridge on Nov. 26, 1901. 

James Hardy Ropes - 1895-1933

Born in Salem on Sept. 3, 1866. Education: Harvard, A.B. 1889; Grad. Andover Theological Sem., 1893; S.T.B., Andover Theological Sem., 1898; S.T.D., Western Reserve Univ., Ohio, 1905. At 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. (Trinitarian Congregational) Cambridge, June 18, 1901. Died on Jan. 7, 1933. 

John Winthrop Platner - 1896-1901

Born in Lee, MA on May 15, 1865. Education: 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; At Harvard University,: Assistant Professor of Ecclesiastical History, 1896-1901. Ord. (Trinitarian Congregational) Cambridge, June 18, 1901. At Andover Theological Seminary: Professor of Ecclesiastical History, 1901-21; Acting President 1917-19; Dean 1919-21. At Harvard University: Andover Professor of Ecclesiastical History, 1908-1921. Died in Cambridge on Mar. 18, 1921.

 

Edward Hale - 1897-1906

Born in Northampton, MA on Feb. 22, 1858. Education: Harvard, A.B. 1879; S.T.B.,1886. Ordained (Unitarian) Boston (South Congregational Church, associate pastor), Oct. 14, 1886- Apr. 1, 1891; Orange, N. J., Apr. 2, 1891-July 1, 1897. At 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. Died in Chestnut Hill on Mar. 27, 1918. 

William Wallace Fenn - 1901-1932

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

George Foot Moore - 1901-1928

Born in West Chester, Pa. on Oct. 15, 1851. Education:  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, Ordained (Presbyterian), Oct. 7, 1877-Apr. 21, 1878. Ordained Mount Sterling, Ordained Feb. 8, 1878, Zanesville, O., (Putnam Church), May 14, 1878-May 6, 1883.  At 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. At Harvard University: Professor of Theology, 1901-1904; Frothingham Professor of the History of Religion, 1904-1928. Died on May 16, 1931.

Edward Caldwell Moore - 1902-1929

Born in West Chester, Pennsylvania on Sept. 1, 1857. Education: 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. Ordained (Presbyterian) Columbus, O., May 12, 1884. Yonkers, N.Y., (Westminster Presbyterian Church), Oct. 1, 1886-Dec. 31, 1888; Providence, R.I., (Trinitarian Congregational) (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. Died on March 27, 1943 in Cambridge.

Frederic Palmer - 1913-1920

Born in Boston, Aug. 6, 1848. Education: Harvard, A.B., 1869; A.M., 1872; S.T.B., Andover Theological Sem., 1872; S.T.D., Episcopal Theological Seminary, Cambridge, 1910. Ordained (Trinitarian Congregational) Revere, Mar. 11, 1875-June 30, 1878. Ord. deacon (Protestant Episcopal) 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. At 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. Died on July 4, 1932.

Henry Wilder Foote - 1914-1924

Born in Boston on Feb. 2, 1875. Education: A.B. 1897; A.M. 1900; S.T.B. 1902. Ordained (Unitarian) 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. At 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. Died on Aug. 27, 1964.

Irvah Lester Winter - 1914-1925

Born in New Braintree, MA on Dec. 26, 1857. Education: Harvard, A.B. 1886. Teacher, Orchard Lake, Michigan and Gambier, Ohio. At 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. Died on May 30, 1934.

Kirsopp Lake - 1914-1932

Born in Southampton, England on Apr. 7, 1872. Education: B.A., Lincoln College, Oxford, 1895; M.A., Oxford, 1897; D.D., St. Andrews, 1911. Ordained (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 Ordained for New Testament and Early Christian Literature, University of Leyden, Holland, 1904-1914. At Harvard University: Professor of Early Christian Literature, 1914-1918; Winn Professor of Ecclesiastical History, 1918-1932; Professor of History, 1932-1938. Died on Nov. 10, 1946.

Robert Franz Foerster - 1914-1921

Born in Pittsburg, Pa. on July 8, 1883. Education: Harvard, A.B., 1906; Ph.D., 1909. At 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. Died on July 29, 1941.

James Richard Jewett - 1914-1934

Born in Westport, Me. on Mar. 14, 1862. Education: Harvard, 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. Died on Mar. 31, 1943.

Henry Wyman Holmes - 1915-1916

Born in Boston on Oct. 26, 1880. Education: Harvard, A.B., 1903; A.M., 1904. At 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. Died on June 14, 1960.