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Birthplace: Norwich, CT, USA
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Occupation: President of Yale, 1886-99
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Timothy Dwight V (November 16, 1828 – May 26, 1916) was an American academic, an educator, a Congregational minister, and president of Yale College (1886–1898).[1] During his years as head of the institution, Yale developed as a university.

Biography

Dwight was born in Norwich, Connecticut, the son of James Dwight, whose father, Timothy Dwight IV, served as president of Yale College from 1795 to 1817. He was the great-grandson of Major Timothy Dwight and Mary (Edwards) Dwight, the latter's father being Rev. Jonathan Edwards, the third president of Princeton University. His mother was Susan, daughter of John McLaren Breed, by his second wife Rebecca (Walker) Breed, who was the daughter of Robert Walker, a judge of the Superior Court of Connecticut.

Timothy Dwight entered Yale in 1845, and during his undergraduate course received prizes in mathematics and Latin, and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Skull and Bones. As the Clark Scholar, he spent the period from 1849 to 1851 in graduate work at Yale, in the fall of the latter year entering the Theological Department, where he studied for two years. He served as a tutor in the College from 1851 to 1855, and then went abroad to continue his studies at the Universities of Bonn and Berlin.

Returning to America in July, 1858, he became professor of sacred literature at Yale at the opening of the next college year. His work in the Divinity School continued until 1886, when he was elected president of Yale College. Yale had begun to develop the departments of professional study—particularly of theology and medicine—at the beginning of the nineteenth century, during the administration of the elder President Dwight; and the institution, long a University in fact, became one in name at the inauguration of the younger Dwight. During the thirteen years of his presidency, from 1886 to 1899, the University began that rapid development in scope, in numbers of students and faculty, in material prosperity, and in national influence.

Dr. Dwight was licensed to preach May 22, 1855; and ordained to the ministry of the Congregational Church six years later. In 1869, Chicago Theological Seminary conferred the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity upon him, and Yale honored him with a similar degree in 1886. He also received the degree of LLD from Harvard in 1886 and from Princeton in 1888. He was an associate member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and an honorary member of the Society of the Cincinnati.

Dr. Dwight was a member of the American committee for the revision of the English version of the Bible, and for a number of years he was one of the editors of the New Englander. He had contributed extensively to various publications on theological and educational subjects. In 1886, he translated and edited, with additional notes, Frédéric Louis Godet's Commentary on the Gospel of John, and he had also edited several of Meyer's commentaries, including those on Romans, on several other Pauline Epistles, on Hebrews, and on the Epistles of James, Peter, John, and Jude. He was the author of "Thoughts of and for the Inner Life" (1899), and in 1903 published "Memories of Yale Life and Men" Address Delivered at the Funeral of President Porter (1892) and a Commemorative Address in honor of W. D. Whitney and J. D. Dana (1895). He served as Secretary of the Class of 1849 continuously from graduation until his death, which occurred, without warning, at his home in New Haven, May 26, 1916, as the result of infirmities incident to his advanced age. Burial was in Grove Street Cemetery, New Haven.

Dwight's full-length portrait by Edmund C. Tarbell hangs in the stairwell of Woodbridge Hall, the Yale administration building.

He was married in that city, December 31, 1866, to Jane Wakeman, daughter of Roger Sherman Skinner, who graduated from the Yale in 1813, and Mary Lockwood (DeForest) Skinner. She survived him with their son, Winthrop Edwards (BA 1893, Ph D 1895, LL B 1896). Their daughter, Helen Rood, died October 16, 1909. John Breed Dwight, a graduate of the Yale in 1840, and James McLaren Breed Dwight (BA 1846, LL.B. Columbia 1861) were his brothers. He was a cousin of Theodore Dwight Woolsey (B.A. 1820), who for twenty-five years was the president of Yale. In 1935, Yale constructed the ninth of its twelve residential colleges, Timothy Dwight College. It was named for Dwight and his father, who were both regarded as particularly important presidents of Yale.

Jane Wakeman (Skinner) Dwight was the great-granddaughter of American founding father Roger Sherman. [edit] Notes See also: Ivy League Presidents

  1. ^ Welch, Lewis et al. (1899). Yale, Her Campus, Class-rooms, and Athletics, p. 445.

References

   * Kelley, Brooks Mather. (1999). Yale: A History. New Haven: Yale University Press. 10-ISBN 0-300-07843-9: 13-ISBN 978-0-300-07843-5; OCLC 810552
   * F. Parsons, Six Men of Yale (1936, repr. 1971).
   * Yale Obituary Record, 1915-16
   * Welch, Lewis Sheldon and Walter Camp. (1899). Yale, Her Campus, Class-rooms, and Athletics. Boston: L. C. Page and Co. OCLC 2191518

Academic offices President of Yale College/Yale University, 1886–1899 Preceded by Noah Porter III Succeeded by Arthur Twining Hadley

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Prof. Timothy Dwight, D.D., b. at Norwich, Nov. 16, 1828, grad. at Yale in 1849, tutor there (1851-5), studied theology at New Haven Theol. Sem. (1850-3), and spent two years in Germany (1856-8), at the universities of Bonn and Berlin. Since 1858 he has been Prof. of Sacred Literature and N. T. Greek in Yale Theol. Seminary, now numbering 100 students. He has been since 1856 one of the editors of "The New Englander," and has written for it various articles of value on exegetical and other subjects. In 1S70-1 he published a series of articles in it on "The True Ideal of an American University—for the Future of Yale College," which was widely distributed in a book-form afterwards, among the graduates of Yale. He is one of the able committee of American scholars now engaged in the revision of the authorized English Version of the Scriptures, in connection with a similar committee of biblical scholars in England. While earnestly devoted to his chosen and greatly loved work as an exegetical Biblical student and teacher and greatly fond, as if by hereditary instinct, of guiding younger minds into high courses of scholarly investigation and discovery, he also preaches frequently and with great acceptance in the college pulpit as well as elsewhere in the city.

He m. Dec. 31, 1866, Jane Wakeman Skinner, b. in New York, April 3, 1832 (dau. of Roger Sherman Skinner of New Haven and Mary Lockwood l>e Forest). He has 2 children:

188. i. Helen Rood Dwight, b. Dec. 8, 1868.

189. ii. Winthrop Edwards Dwight, b. Dec. 23, 1872.

Source: The history of the descendants of John Dwight, of Dedham, Mass., Volume 1 (Google eBook), Benjamin Woodbridge Dwight, J. F. Trow & son, printers and bookbinders, 1874, page 202. Downloaded 2011.

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Timothy Dwight V (November 16, 1828 – May 26, 1916) was an American academic, an educator, a Congregational minister, and president of Yale College (1886–1898). During his years as head of the institution, Yale developed as a university.

Biography

Dwight was born in Norwich, Connecticut, the son of James Dwight, whose father, Timothy Dwight IV, served as president of Yale College from 1795 to 1817. He was the great-grandson of Major Timothy Dwight and Mary (Edwards) Dwight, the latter's father being Rev. Jonathan Edwards, the third president of Princeton University. His mother was Susan, daughter of John McLaren Breed, by his second wife Rebecca (Walker) Breed, who was the daughter of Robert Walker, a judge of the Superior Court of Connecticut.

Timothy Dwight entered Yale in 1845, and during his undergraduate course received prizes in mathematics and Latin, and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Skull and Bones.[2]:50 As the Clark Scholar, he spent the period from 1849 to 1851 in graduate work at Yale, in the fall of the latter year entering the Theological Department, where he studied for two years. He served as a tutor in the College from 1851 to 1855, and then went abroad to continue his studies at the Universities of Bonn and Berlin.

Career

Returning to America in July, 1858, he became professor of sacred literature at Yale at the opening of the next college year. His work in the Divinity School continued until 1886, when he was elected president of Yale College. Yale had begun to develop the departments of professional study—particularly of theology and medicine—at the beginning of the nineteenth century, during the administration of the elder President Dwight; and the institution, long a University in fact, became one in name at the inauguration of the younger Dwight. During the thirteen years of his presidency, from 1886 to 1899, the University began that rapid development in scope, in numbers of students and faculty, in material prosperity, and in national influence.

Dr. Dwight was licensed to preach May 22, 1855; and ordained to the ministry of the Congregational Church six years later. In 1869, Chicago Theological Seminary conferred the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity upon him, and Yale honored him with a similar degree in 1886. He also received the degree of LLD from Harvard in 1886 and from Princeton in 1888. He was an associate member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and an honorary member of the Society of the Cincinnati.

Dr. Dwight was a member of the American committee for the revision of the English version of the Bible, and for a number of years he was one of the editors of the New Englander. He had contributed extensively to various publications on theological and educational subjects. In 1886, he translated and edited, with additional notes, Frédéric Louis Godet's Commentary on the Gospel of John, and he had also edited several of Meyer's commentaries, including those on Romans, on several other Pauline Epistles, on Hebrews, and on the Epistles of James, Peter, John, and Jude. He was the author of "Thoughts of and for the Inner Life" (1899), and in 1903 published "Memories of Yale Life and Men" Address Delivered at the Funeral of President Porter (1892) and a Commemorative Address in honor of W. D. Whitney and J. D. Dana (1895). He served as Secretary of the Class of 1849 continuously from graduation until his death, which occurred, without warning, at his home in New Haven, May 26, 1916, as the result of infirmities incident to his advanced age. Burial was in Grove Street Cemetery, New Haven.

Dwight's full-length portrait by Edmund C. Tarbell hangs in the stairwell of Woodbridge Hall, the Yale administration building.

Family

He was married in that city, December 31, 1866, to Jane Wakeman, daughter of Roger Sherman Skinner, who graduated from the Yale in 1813, and Mary Lockwood (DeForest) Skinner. She survived him with their son, Winthrop Edwards (BA 1893, Ph D 1895, LL B 1896). Their daughter, Helen Rood, died October 16, 1909. John Breed Dwight, a graduate of the Yale in 1840, and James McLaren Breed Dwight (BA 1846, LL.B. Columbia 1861) were his brothers. He was a cousin of Theodore Dwight Woolsey (B.A. 1820), who for twenty-five years was the president of Yale. In 1935, Yale constructed the ninth of its twelve residential colleges, Timothy Dwight College. It was named for Dwight and his father, who were both regarded as particularly important presidents of Yale.

Jane Wakeman (Skinner) Dwight was the great-granddaughter of American founding father Roger Sherman.

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1828
November 16, 1828
Norwich, CT, USA
1866
December 31, 1866
Age 38
New Haven, New Haven Co., Connecticut
1868
December 8, 1868
Age 40
New Haven, New Haven Co., Connecticut
1872
December 23, 1872
Age 44
New Haven, New Haven Co., Connecticut
1916
May 26, 1916
Age 87
New Haven, CT, USA
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Harvard
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New Haven, CT, USA