Eighth president of Dartmouth College (1877-1892)
He graduated from Dartmouth College (1836) and then studied at Andover Theological Seminary. Graduating in 1842, he was ordained the following year and became pastor of the Congregational Church in Monson MA. In 1846 he resigned and became professor of Intellectual Philosophy and Rhetoric at Western Reserve College. Thereafter he spent five years (1852-1857) in Manchester NH with the Franklin Street Church and then pastor of Chicago's New England Church (1856-1859). Although he resigned his pastorship, he remained in Chicago as professor of Biblical Literature at Chicago Theological Seminary, a position he held for eighteen years.
In 1877 he accepted the presidency of Dartmouth College. Although not directly involved in the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions' mission to the Hawaiian Islands, wrote several books on A.B.C.F.M.'s missions including Africa, China, Ceylon, Turkey, the American Indians and the Hawaiian Islands.