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Jeremiah Chaplin, Waterville Literary and Theological Institution

Contributed by Colby College Special Collections

Portrait believed to be Jeremiah Chaplin, first president of Colby College (then Waterville Literary and Theological Institution/Waterville College.)

Chaplin was born in Rowley, Massachusetts in 1776. He graduated from Brown in 1799, studied theology with Dr. Thomas Baldwin of Boston, became pastor of the Danvers Baptist Church, and married Marcia O'Brien in 1806.

He was chosen as Professor of Divinity by the Board of Waterville College in early 1818. In June the Chaplins and their children took the sloop "Hero" from Boston to Augusta and traveled up the Kennebec River to Waterville by longboat.

Chaplin assumed the presidency of the college in 1822 and served until 1833. He returned to the pastorate and died in 1841.

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  • Title: Jeremiah Chaplin, Waterville Literary and Theological Institution
  • Town: Waterville
  • County: Kennebec
  • State: ME
  • Media: Photographic print
  • Dimensions: 18.25 cm x 12.75 cm
  • Local Code: Alumnae files, Jeremiah Chaplin folder.
  • Collection: Alumnae files, Jeremiah Chaplin folder.
  • Object Type: Image

For more information about this item, contact:

Colby College Special Collections
5150 Mayflower Hill, Waterville, ME 04901
(207) 872-3284

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