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LORD, Nathan, clergyman, born in Berwick, Maine. 28 November, 1793; died in Hanover, New Hampshire, 9 September, 1870. He was graduated at Bowdoin in 1809, and at Andover theological seminary in 1815. He was pastor of the Congregational church in Amherst, New Hampshire, from 1816 till 1828, and at the latter date, on the resignation of Reverend Bennett Tyler, became president of Dartmouth. Under his administration the professorships of Greek literature and language, of astronomy and meteorology, of modern languages, of intellectual philosophy, and of natural history were established, three new halls and a chapel were built, the observatory was added, the "Chandler scientific department" was founded by the gift of $50,000 from Abiel Chandler, and 1,824 students were graduated. He retired in 1863. Dr. Lord upheld the institution of slavery, and thus incurred the censure of most northern people; but while he advocated his views in letters and sermons. Dartmouth was the only college in the United States for many years where colored students were admitted, and while under his care they were treated with uniform kindness and courtesy. He inclined to the old-school system of theology, and to a literal interpretation of the prophesies. Dartmouth gave him the degree of LL. D. in 1864, and Bowdoin that of D. D. in 1828. He occasionally contributed to theological reviews, edited, with an introductory notice, the selected sermons of his son, Reverend John King Lord (Boston, 1850), and published numerous sermons, essays, and letters. Among the latter are "Letter to Reverend Daniel Dana, D. D., on Park's 'Theology of New England'" (1852) : "An Essay on the Millennium," read to the General convention of New Hampshire (1854); and "Two Letters to Ministers of all Denominations on Slavery" (1854-'5), in which he endeavored, by biblical arguments, to prove the lawfulness of that institution.--His son, John King, clergyman, born in Amherst, New Hampshire, 22 March, 1819; died in Cincinnati, Ohio, 13 July, 1849, was graduated at Dartmouth in 1836, taught two and one half years, and in 1841 was graduated at Andover theological seminary. He then became pastor of the Congregational church in Hartford, Vermont, and in 1847 of the 1st orthodox Congregational church of Cincinnati, Ohio. He possessed fine abilities, was a popular and energetic pastor, and his early death was greatly deplored. His selected sermons were published by his father (Boston, 1850).--Nathan's nephew, John, lecturer, born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 10 September, 1812, was graduated at Dartmouth in 1833, studied at Andover theological seminary in 1837, became agent and lecturer on history to the American peace society, and was afterward pastor of Congregational churches in New Marlborough and Stockbridge, Massachusetts. He subsequently withdrew from pastoral work and devoted himself to historical study and lecturing, spending 1.843-'6 in England, where he spoke on "The Middle Ages" in the principal cities. Returning to the United States, during a career of fifty years he has lectured in most of the larger towns and cities of the middle and New England states, and is supposed to be the oldest living lecturer in this country. The University of New York gave him the degree of LL. D. in 1864, and he was lecturer on history at Dartmouth in 1866-'76. His publications include "Modern History for Schools" (Philadelphia, 1850) ; " The Old Roman World" (1867) ; "Ancient States and Empires" (1869) ; and "Beacon Lights" (1883).
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