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Rev. Richard Woodhull, IV

Birthdate: (71)
Birthplace: Fairfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States
Death: November 12, 1873 (71)
Bangor, Penobscot County, Maine, United States ("Cancer in the face")
Place of Burial: Bangor, Penobscot County, Maine, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Capt. Abraham Cooper Woodhull and Eunice Woodhull (Sturges)
Husband of Sarah Woodhull (Forbes)
Father of Sarah Forbes Coombs (Woodhull); Caroline Augusta Pond (Woodhull); Richard Storrs Woodhull; Helen Pond (Woodhull); Frances Woodhull and 5 others
Brother of Mary Lacey; Eunice Woodhull; Isaac Woodhull; Abraham Cooper Woodhull, Jr. and Samuel Woodhull
Half brother of Sarah Floyd; Catherine Roseman and Jane Woodhull

Occupation: Reverend, overseer of Bowdoin College, positions at Bangor Theological Seminary, professor at Dartmouth College, other jobs listed under Work.
Managed by: Joseph Frederick Strausman
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About Rev. Richard Woodhull, IV

From Forbes and Forbush Genealogy: The Descendants of Daniel Forbush, Who Came From Scotland About the Year 1655, and Settled in Marlborough, Mass., in 1675 by Frederick Clifton Pierce, 1892:

"The mother left in straitened circumstances, was obliged, after his earlier boyhood, to allow him to try his own luck at self-support, which proved more than usually favorable." He became, in April, 1822, an inmate in the home of Rev. Jonathan Cogswell, pastor of the Congregational Church in Saco, Me., at that time, and afterwards professor in Dartmouth College, and Secretary of the American Education Society." In Nov., 1827, he entered the Theological Seminary at Princeton, N.J., and remained there until the following May, when he went to Bangor, Me., and took charge of the classical school then connected with the Theological Seminary, pursuing his theological studies under the private direction of Prof. Smith, until the summer of 1830, when he accepted a unanimous call to the pastorate of the Congregational Church in Thomaston, Me., with a salary of $550 yearly. He was ordained July 7, 1830, and dismissed March 5, 1833. Never being willing to accept another pastorate, he became agent for the American Bible Society for the term of seven years, resigning it to become treasurer and financial agent of the Bangor Theological Seminary, which position he vacated only a few months before his death." "Dr. Pond said of him in the Bangor "Whig and Courier": "He was faithful in every situation in life. As a preacher, sound, solid, instructive, impressive, As a pastor, attentive, watchful and kind. As a husband, father, citizen, and member of the Church of Christ, he was greatly honored and beloved. Intrusted with financial concerns of the Theological Seminary, he was not only faithful, but eminently skillful and successful. He will be greatly missed and long remembered." From: The Congregational quarterly, Volume 16 by American Congregational Union and American Congregational Association The first nine years of Richard's life were under the immediate care and instruction of this mother, and she laid the foundation of his Christian character. The evenings were spent in reading to her from choice books, and in such judicious instruction as gave him the love of books and begat in him that industry and frugality which enabled him, at nine years of age, to support himself without expense to his mother. At this period, and for some time after, he was under the pastoral care and instruction of Dr. Humphrey, afterwards President of Amherst College, whose ministry left an impression upon his mind and heart never to be effaced." When about thirteen years of age he went to reside in the family of Deacon Judson, of Fairfield, where he enjoyed, in a large degree, social refinement, and opportunities for gaining practical knowledge." "At about eighteen years of age he was hopefully converted, and began at once his life of active usefulness in the cause of Christ. Soon he had a desire to become a minister. Hearing one day that the Education Society of Maine had funds, but no young men studying for the ministry, he made application, was accepted, and went to Saco to finish his preparation for college. It is worthy of mention here that the money paid him by the Education Society through his preparatory and collegiate course was paid back to that society both principal and interest. He entered Bowdoin College in 1823, and graduated in 1827, with high rank in his class. After leaving college, he entered Princeton Theological Seminary; but at the close of the first year, through the advice of Pres. Allen, of Bowdoin, he took the charge of the Classical Department of Bangor Theological Seminary, which place he filled with great acceptance until he entered the ministry." "In 1830 Mr. Woodhull accepted a call to become the pastor of the Congregational Church in Thomaston, Maine, and was ordained July 7, Pres. Allen of Bowdoin College preaching the sermon. He continued in this office for twenty-five years, lacking four months. During these years Mr. Woodhull was emphatically a shepherd, a leader and feeder of the flock. Besides attending to the many duties of the pastorate, he also taught a hundred ship-masters navigation. and interested himself in all the secular affairs of the town, and in all educational interests. How suggestive of study and labor, of sympathy and comfort under affliction, of instruction in all the duties of life, are these twenty-five! During his ministry there were three considerable revivals, in the years '34, '37, and '42; as a result of which, forty-nine were received to the church on profession." "His successor, Rev. Mr. Mason, says, "The field was hard, having elements in it difficult to harmonize; the salary too scant for either comfort or convenience, to supplement which, Mr. Woodhull taught a select of school for years, lectured in town and elsewhere on astronomy, giving also a helping hand to many a private or public secular interest, sometimes for a little pay, oftener for none except what comes of a consciousness of having done a "good thing." I am clear that this church and society, and this town--all that composed it then--have immense cause to thank God, that, during that quarter of a century, such a man was in the midst of them. There is many an interest, private and public, besides the merely religious, that felt his influence." "At the close of Mr. Woodhull's ministry at Thomaston, he accepted the appointment of agent of the American Bible Society, in which caused he labored with great industry and fidelity for about seven years. In 1862 he was chosen treasurer and general agent for Bangor Theological Seminary, and this office he held until his death. During his period of office, the funds of the seminary were increased $133,000, besides some $30,000 paid for current expenses. The oldest member of the Board of Trustees says, "Much of this success in undountedly due to the marked financial ability, sound judgement, untiring zeal, and strict integrity of Mr. Woodhull." "Mr. Woodhul was one of the oldest members of the Board of Overseers of Bowdoin College; a member, and for some years President of the Board of Trustees of the Hospital of the Insane at Augusta, and a Trustee of the Maine Charitable Society." "Next to his integrity, his remarkably sound judgement made his services exceedingly valuable in all the important trusts which he filled. His wisdom in counsel was marked by all; his judgement was wonderfully correct on all committees and boards of trusts, and especially in all cases of church difficulties and questions of policy and expediency. His opinion always carried great weight with it; and when his position was once taken, he seldom had occasion or disposition to change it." "He was not brilliant as a preacher. He had a logical mind, and rarely took a position he could not sustain. He was a thorough student in mathematical studies, but his range of literary reading was not extensive; yet his generous sympathies and warmth of heart made him a most useful minister and Christian. The venerable Rev. Silas McKeen, of Bradford, Vt., writes: Brother Woodhull I found, during my ministry at Belfast, to be a man after his own heart. Situated as we were, I seldom had the privilege of hearing him preach. But at our Country Conference, and especially at the protracted meetings of special refreshing, in which we in those days occasionally engaged, I used to love to listen to his earnest appeals to his fellow Christians to be faithful unto his death, and to sinners to neglect no longer the great salvation." "His large heart and his warm and generous sympathies made him a model parishioner, though he had for so many years been himself a minister." "In his last long and most painful sickness (cancer in the face) all the beautiful traits of his piety shone forth most brilliantly,--his tiousness, his love of prayer,--these were never clouded in all the long years of misery, which grew darker and deeper to the end, but made the path of this good and useful man "shine brighter and brighter unto the perfect day."

From History of Penobscot County by W. Chase:

Mr. Richard Woodhull gave notice that he would deliver the first of a course of lectures on astronomy "(gratis), before the Mechanic Association at the Court-house, in this village," on the evening of December 16. The lecture was delivered. The "matter and style of the lecture" were pronounced "persicious, the delivery and manner clear and intelligible," the apparatus "imperfect."

Also, from the same book, it mentions he "opened the Classical School of the Theological Seminary on the 18th of September."

In The African Repository, Volume 9, published by James C. Dunn in 1834, he is mentioned as a contributor (monetarily) to the American Colonization Society - listed in the contributions of November 4 to December 31, 1833.

Also mentioned a lot in Minutes of the General Conference of Maine published by Shirley and Hyde, Exchange Street in 1828.

Mentioned in Missionary Herald, Volume 41, published by Press of T. R. Marvin, 24 Congress Street in 1845, as one of the honorary members present (from Maine) at the thirty-sixth annual meeting of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, which took place in the First Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn, New York City, on Tuesday, September 9, 1845, "at 4 o'clock, P. M."

Celebrant for the wedding Joseph M. Waterman and Miss Rachel P. Cunningham on November 10, 1839, in Belfast, Maine. Found from The Bangor Historical Magazine, vol. 3 (Bangor, Me.: J. W. Porter, 1888); The Bangor Historical Magazine, vol. 4 (Bangor, Me.: J. W. Porter, 1889) - the section "Marriages in Belfast, 1814-1830, Inclusive."

He once wrote, reviewing The American Vocalist: a Selection of Tunes, Anthems, Sentences, and Hymns, Old and New: Designed for the Church, the Vestry, or the Parlor... From the Compositions of Billings, Holden, ... in Three Parts... by D.H. Mansfield:

"It is just what I have been wishing to see for several years. Those old tunes--they are so good, so fraught with rich harmony, so adapted to stir the deep feelings of the heart, they constitute a priceless treasure of Sacred Song, unsurpassed by the best compositions of more modern times."

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Rev. Richard Woodhull, IV's Timeline

January 15, 1802
Fairfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States
February 13, 1802
Fairfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States
- 1827
Age 20
Brunswick, Maine, United States
June 14, 1830
Age 28
Bangor, Penobscot County, Maine, United States
July 7, 1830
- March 5, 1833
Age 28
Thomaston, Maine, United States
January 29, 1832
Age 30
September 27, 1833
Age 31
January 12, 1836
Age 33
Thomaston, Knox County, Maine, United States
November 30, 1838
Age 36
September 3, 1840
Age 38