Zephaniah Swift MOORE


The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans: Volume VII

MOORE, Zephaniah Swift, educator, was born at Palmer, Mass., Nov. 20, 1770; son of Judah and Mary Moore. His father removed to Wilmington, Vt., in 1778, and he worked on the farm until 1788. He attended a preparatory school at Bennington, Vt., 1788-89, and was graduated from[p.438] Dartmouth college, A.B., 1793, A.M., 1796. He was in charge of an academy at Londonderry, N.H., 1793-94, removed to Somers, Conn., and studied theology under the Rev. Dr. Backus. He was licensed to preach by the association of Tolland county, on Feb. 3, 1796. He was pastor at Leicester, Mass., 1796-1807. Shortly after his removal to Leicester, he was married to a daughter of Thomas Drury of Ward, Mass. He was a trustee and principal of Leicester academy, 1807-11; professor of Latin and Greek at Dartmouth college, 1811-15; president and professor of theology at Williams college, 1815-21, and on May 8, 1821, he was made a trustee and elected the first president of Amherst college, then in process of organization, and on Sept. 18, 1821, he was made pastor of the parish church. The college was opened on Sept. 19, 1821, and Dr. Moore began the matriculation of students. In addition to his duties as president, he was professor of divinity, taught Oriental languages, and was the sole teacher of the senior class. The honorary degree of D.D. was conferred on him by Dartmouth college in 1816. He bequeathed several scholarships to Amherst, three of which were worth about $140 a year. He died at Amherst, Mass., June 29, 1823.

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