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Whitaker, Nathaniel, 1732-1795



  • Existence: 1732 - 1795

Nathaniel Whitaker was an outspoken Presbyterian minister with a long and wide-ranging career. Between his ordination in 1755 and his death in 1795, Whitaker ministered to five different congregations. His longest tenure was at Chelsea, CT (near Norwich), from 1761-1769, during which he joined Occom on his two-and-a-half-year fundraising tour of Britain. While in Chelsea, Whitaker was very involved in Wheelock's project. The two engaged in frequent correspondence, and Whitaker served on Eleazar Wheelock's Board of Correspondents in Connecticut, as well as on the Board of Trustees of Moor's Indian Charity School. At one time, he was Wheelock's presumed successor, but Dartmouth's Trustees demanded that Wheelock appoint another.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

James Diman, Nathaniel Whitaker, Thomas Barnard Letter

Mss 780555
Identifier: Mss 780555
Scope and Contents Open letter to be read by churches testifying Diman, Whitaker, and Barnard's belief that Indian youths under care of Pres. John Wheelock deserve charity and support by all congregations, as said youths will be hostages to prevent Indian invasion from north.

Nathaniel Whitaker letter

Mss 781574
Identifier: Mss 781574
Scope and Contents Whitaker writes to Wheelock from Salem expressing his desire to serve the College again.