Lord, Nathan, 1792-1870

Lord, Nathan, 1792-1870

 

Dates

  • Existence: 1792 - 1870

Biography

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 103 Collections and/or Records:

Moor's Charity School deeds and receipts with Noyes family of Wheelock, Vermont

MS-1449
 Collection
Identifier: MS-1449
Date(s): 1827 to 1853
Content Description

Contains deeds and rent receipts for land in Wheelock, Vermont owned by Moor's Charity School. The instruments are primarily with members of the Noyes family of Wheelock, David Noyes and Benjamin Noyes. The deeds are signed by President Nathan Lord.

N. Lord letter

Mss 829251
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 829251
Date(s): 1829-04-01
Abstract

In English.

N. Lord letter

Mss 829613
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 829613
Date(s): 1829-11-13
Abstract

In English.

Nathan Lord account

Mss 844571
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 844571
Date(s): 1844-10-21
Abstract

In English.

Nathan Lord bill

Mss 840661
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 840661
Date(s): 1840-12-11
Abstract

In English.

Nathan Lord bill

Mss 843320
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 843320
Date(s): 1843-05-20
Abstract

In English.

Nathan Lord bill

Mss 851251
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 851251
Date(s): 1851-04-01
Abstract

In English.

Nathan Lord, Dartmouth College [Hanover, NH] to Benjamin B. French, Letter

Mss 841162
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 841162
Date(s): 1841-02-12
Abstract

Lord accepts Benjamin B. French's donation of the spelling book belonging to Dartmouth College's late president, Francis Brown.

Nathan Lord deposition

Mss 846140
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 846140
Date(s): 1846-01
Abstract

In English.

Nathan Lord et. al. letter

Mss 845625
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 845625
Date(s): 1845-11-25
Abstract

In English.