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Kirkland, Samuel, 1741-1808

 

Dates

  • Existence: 1741 - 1808

Samuel Kirkland was born in Norwich, Connecticut in 1741. After preparation at Eleazar Wheelock's school in Lebanon, Connecticut, he entered the College of New Jersey in 1762. He received his degree in 1765 in absentia, having left to serve as a missionary to the native peoples of New York. Kirkland was ordained in 1766 in Connecticut and returned to the Oneida peoples that year to serve for the next four decades as a missionary. In 1769, he married Jerusha Bingham, and niece of Eleazar Wheelock. The following year, after a disagreement with Wheelock, Kirkland placed himself under the auspices of the Society in Scotland for Propagating Christian Knowledge, receiving his salary from that organization and from Harvard College. Kirkland is credited with preventing several conflicts between the native peoples and British and American colonists. He also founded Hamilton Oneida Academy, later Hamilton College, in 1793. Kirland died in 1808.

Found in 35 Collections and/or Records:

S. Kirkland letter

Mss 789131
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Identifier: Mss 789131
Overview In English.

S. Kirkland letter

Mss 789207
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Identifier: Mss 789207
Overview In English.

S. Kirkland letter

Mss 789460
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Identifier: Mss 789460
Overview In English.

S. Kirkland letter

Mss 789662
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Identifier: Mss 789662
Overview In English.

S. Kirkland letter

Mss 791114
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 791114
Scope and Contents Five page letter from S. Kirkland in Stockbridge to Peter Thacher, plan to found schools among the Indians. His extra expenses during the famine of 1789. Is going to take his children into the Indian country.

S. Kirkland letter

Mss 791178
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Identifier: Mss 791178
Scope and Contents Two page letter from S. Kirkland in Oneida to Peter Thacher recommends a Mr. Crosby as good man to keep a school among the Indians.

S. Kirkland letter

Mss 792676
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Identifier: Mss 792676
Scope and Contents Letter from S. Kirkland if Stockbridge to Peter Thacher has had trouble with his eyes. Death of Good Peter. Calkin us soured by his neglect and suffering: he should have $200 a year.

S. Kirkland letter

Mss 792315
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Identifier: Mss 792315
Scope and Contents Six page letter from S. Kirkland of Stockbridge to Peter Thacher with a long account of his attempts to arrange a general peace among the Indians.

S. Kirkland letter

Mss 792356
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Identifier: Mss 792356
Scope and Contents Three page letter from S. Kirkland of Oneida to Peter Thacher congress' appropriation for educating the Indians. They are eager to learn. His plan for erecting a large school. Mr. Calkin's genius for teaching them.

S. Kirkland letter

Mss 792380
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Identifier: Mss 792380
Scope and Contents Six page letter from S. Kirkland near Oneida to Peter Thacher with estimate of expenses for his proposed Indian school. Quotes a letter from Joesph Brant, praising the undertaking. Calkin's fine work: he deserves more pay.