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Lord, Nathan, 1793-1870

 

Dates

  • Existence: 1792 - 1870

Nathan Lord (born November 28, 1793, 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 13 Collections and/or Records:

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

Mss 860119
 Collection
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
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 832656.1
Overview Writing about the availability of domestic help.

Hanover, NH, to Edward [Gould] , Letter

Mss 851417
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 851417
Overview Not attending the meeting of the ABCFM (American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions) in Portland Maine.

Hanover [NH], to Rev. Jacob Cummings, Stratham, New Hampshire, Letter

Mss 831317.1
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 831317.1
Overview Corrects Cummings' impressions of [Daniel] Clark, members, Dartmouth Class of 1834, and later a judge and U.S. senator from New Hampshire. Lord describes Clark being caught at Holton House, a local brothel, consorting with prostitutes. Lord notes that Clark encouraged other students to participate and discusses his contraction of a venereal disease. He also describes the punishment of Clark and the other students.

John Ralston letter

Mss 829455.1
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 829455.1
Overview In English.

N. Lord letter

Mss 829251
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 829251
Overview In English.

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

Mss 841162
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 841162
Overview Lord accepts Benjamin B. French's donation of the spelling book belonging to Dartmouth College's late president, Francis Brown.

Nathan Lord letter

Mss 829463.1
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 829463.1
Overview In English.

Nathan Lord letter

Mss 829509
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 829509
Overview In English.

Nathan Lord letter

Mss 829551
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 829551
Overview In English.