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Lord, Nathan, 1792-1870

 

Dates

  • Existence: 1792 - 1870

Nathan Lord (born November 28, 1792, Berwick, Maine [U.S.] – died September 9, 1870, Hanover, New Hampshire [U.S.]), graduated from Bowdoin College in 1809, attended Andover Theological Seminary and was a U.S. Congregational clergyman and educator. Lord served as the College’s sixth president (1828-1863).

Lord was able to bring the college out of debt, improve the overall curriculum, and raise admission levels. He was a founding member of the American Anti-Slavery Society, and in 1833 was its Vice President. But his views on slavery changed dramatically; he came to see it as "not a moral evil", but "an ordinance of...God", which "providentially found a settlement in this country". These views and his opposition to the Civil War, which he blamed on abolitionists, brought a storm of controversy, earning him the enmity of several members of the Dartmouth Board of Trustees, including Amos Tuck (1835), a founding member of the Republican Party and close friend of Abraham Lincoln. Matters came to a head in 1863 when the Trustees were deadlocked on awarding an honorary degree to President Lincoln, and Lord broke the tie by voting against it. The Trustees issued a statement: "Neither the trustees nor the Faculty coincide with the president of the College in the views which he has published, touching slavery and the war; and it has been our hope that the College would not be judged a partisan institution by reason of such publications." Lord tendered his resignation. He continued as an active member of the Dartmouth College community, in Hanover, New Hampshire, until his death in 1870.

Found in 93 Collections and/or Records:

Absalom Peters letter

Mss 831456
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Identifier: Mss 831456
Overview In English.

Absalom Peters letter

Mss 831364.1
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Identifier: Mss 831364.1
Overview In English.

Amos Avery Brewster letter

Mss 828554
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Identifier: Mss 828554
Overview In English.

Asa Dodge Smith letter

Mss 832468
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Identifier: Mss 832468
Overview In English.

Caleb Mills certification

Mss 832466.1
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Identifier: Mss 832466.1
Overview In English.

Calvin Ellis Stowe letter

Mss 833406
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Identifier: Mss 833406
Overview In English.

Dartmouth College [Hanover, NH] to George and Charles Merriam [Springfield, MA], Letter

Mss 860119
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Identifier: Mss 860119
Overview Lord lavishes praise on the 1859 edition of Webster's dictionary.

Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH) To Rev. Mr. Leavitt Strafford, VT, Letter

Mss 832656.1
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Identifier: Mss 832656.1
Overview Writing about the availability of domestic help.

Dartmouth College Trustees resolution

Mss 841107.2
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Identifier: Mss 841107.2
Overview In English.

D.P. Janes letter

Mss 831325
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Identifier: Mss 831325
Overview In English.