Williams Biographical Annals

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HES OF THE VICE-PRESIDENTS. Rev. Stephen West, D. D. The Rev. Stephen West, D. D., the first Vice-President of Williams College, was born at Tolland, Conn., November 13, 1735. His father was a judge of the court in the county of Hartford. The son was graduated at Yale College in 1755. While in college ho gained a high reputation as a classical scholar. After leaving college he taught school a year in Hatfield, Mass. Here, under the instruction of the Rev. Timothy Woodbridgo, ho studied theology, and was licensed to preach the gospel by the Hampshire Association. He commenced his ministerial labors as chaplain at Fort Hoosae, where he remained a year, perhaps a little longer. About this time he was invited to Stockbridge, to succeed the distinguished Edwards, and was ordained there Jnne 15, 1759. He married for his first wife Miss Elizabeth Williams. They had no children. A few years after his settlement in Stock- bridge, a very essential change took place in his religious opinions and feelings. From being an Arminian, he became a thorough Hopkinsian. He was now distinguished for his spirituality. His church, for a long course of years, was among the most prosperous and influential in New England. In 1792 Dr. West received the degree of Doctor of Divinity from Dartmouth College. Ho was one of the original trustees of Williams College, and was chosen Vice-President at the first meeting of the board, in 1793, and continued in that office for nineteen years. Mrs. West died in 1804. In 1806 Dr. West was married a second time, to Miss Eleanor Dewey, of Sheffield, who survived him. For many years Dr. West was in the habit ofdirecting the studies of young men, in their preparation for the ministry. Indeed his house was a theological seminary. Some of the ea...

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