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About James Fairchild

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James Harris Fairchild (1817–1902) was an American educator, author, and former president of Oberlin College.

Biography

Fairchild was born in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, on November 25, 1817. His father was Grandison Fairchild. Soon after his birth his parents moved to Brownhelm, Lorain County, Ohio, and settled on a farm about ten miles from the present site of Oberlin College.

When Oberlin opened its doors in 1834, Fairchild entered as a freshman. He graduated in 1838. The year after graduation he was appointed tutor in the college, was ordained in 1841, and in 1842 became professor of Latin and Greek. In 1847, he was transferred to the chair of mathematics, and in 1858 to that of theology and moral philosophy.

A committed abolitionist, Fairchild played a role in the famous Oberlin-Wellington Rescue. In September 1958 he hid fugitive slave John Price in his home. A short time later, rescuers took Price to freedom in Canada.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oberlin%E2%80%93Wellington_Rescue

In 1866, Fairchild became the third president of Oberlin College. During his tenure, the faculty and physical plant of the college expanded dramatically. In 1889, he resigned as president but remained as chair of systematic theology.

His wife, Mary Fletcher Kellogg, was one of the first group of five women to be admitted to a college in the United States. She was the only one who didn't graduate, as her father's business failed. Her family moved to a frontier area of Louisiana, and Fairchild, who'd known her while they were students at Oberlin, came down and married her in November 1841.

Fairchild wrote a history of Oberlin, which was published in 1883. He also wrote works on philosophy.

A biography of Fairchild, James Harris Fairchild: or Sixty-Eight Years with a Christian College, was written by Albert Temple Swing and published in 1907.

Bibliography

Oberlin: The colony and the College, 1833-1883 (1883)

Moral Phylosphy; or, the science of Obligation

Elements of theology, natural and revealed

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James Fairchild's Timeline

1817
November 25, 1817
Stockbridge, Berkshire County, Massachusetts
1837
1837
1842
November 3, 1842
OH
1844
August 9, 1844
OBERLIN, LORAIN CO, OH
1846
October 10, 1846
OH
1848
July 25, 1848
OH
1851
September 24, 1851
RUSSIA TWP, LORAIN CO, OH
1854
July 31, 1854
OH
1857
January 22, 1857
OH