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Goodell, William, 1792-1867



  • Existence: 1792 - 1867


William Goodell was born on February 14, 1792 in Templeton, Massachusetts. He attended Dartmouth College in 1816. Goodell graduated from the Andover Theological Seminary in 1820, Hamilton College in 1854 and also attended Rutgers University. After attending medical lectures, he traveled as an agent of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (ABCFM) and visited its Cherokee and Choctaw missions. He was ordained in 1822 and travelled to the Middle East where he established the Beirut mission with Isaac Bird. Goodell then began the study of Armenian and in 1831 published his first version of the Armeno-Turkish New Testament, after which he moved to Constantinople to inaugurate a mission to the Armenians. Until his retirement in 1865, Goodell also played a major role in the Turkey mission. Goodell died on February 18, 1867 in Philadelphia.