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Reverend Naphtali Daggett

Also Known As: "president of Yale"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Attleboro, Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States
Death: November 25, 1780 (53)
New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut, United States
Place of Burial: New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Ebenezer Daggett and Mary Daggett
Husband of Sarah Daggett
Father of Henry Daggett; Ensign Ebenezer Daggett; Ezra Daggett and Sarah Meers
Brother of Bathsheba Sweet; Col. John Daggett; Mary Daggett; Samuel Daggett; A second Samuel Daggett and 3 others

Occupation: Professor of Divinity
Managed by: Nancy D. Coon
Last Updated:

About Reverend Naphtali Daggett

Ancestor #: A029321 Patriotic Service


Professor of Divinity in Yale College 1755 to his death. President 1766 to 1777.

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/34551261/napthali-daggett

Rev Napthali Daggett

BIRTH 8 Sep 1727 Attleboro, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA

DEATH 25 Nov 1780 (aged 53) New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA

The son of Ebenezer & Mary (Blackinton) Daggett, he married Sarah Smith, daughter of Richard Smith of Smithtown. They were married on 19 Dec 1753 in Smithtown, Long Island, New York

BURIAL Grove Street Cemetery New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA

The son of Ebenezer & Mary (Blackinton) Daggett, he married Sarah Smith, daughter of Richard Smith of Smithtown. They were married on 19 Dec 1753 in Smithtown, Long Island, New York

"Appletons' cyclopaedia of American biography, Vol. II, New York, D. Appleton and Company, 1887"

"Daggett, Naphtali, clergyman, b. in Attleborough, Mass., 8 Sept., 1727; d. in New Haven, Conn., 25 Nov., 1780. His grandfather was the great-grandfather of David Daggett. He was graduated at Yale, in 1748, studied theology, was ordained pastor of the Presbyterian church in Smithtown, R.I., in 1751, and in 1756 became professor of divinity at Yale, which post he retained until his death. When President Clapp resigned in 1766, he was chosen president pro tempore, in which capacity he officiated until 1777, when he was succeeded by Dr. Ezra Stiles. When the British attacked New Haven in July, 1779, Dr. Daggett took part in the defence with a shot-gun, but was taken prisoner, and compelled by the enemy to act as a guide, and repeatedly pricked with bayonets until his strength failed, and he never fully recovered. He published several sermons and an account of the famous dark day in New England (1780)"

Family Members

Parents Photo Ebenezer Daggett 1690–1740

Photo Mary Blackinton Daggett 1698–1772

Spouse Photo Sarah Smith Daggett unknown–1772

Siblings Photo John Daggett 1724–1803 (m. 1784)

Photo Ebenezer Daggett 1732–1782

Photo Philip Daggett 1739–1783

Children Photo Henry Daggett 1738–1843

Photo Ezra Daggett 1765–1844

Photo Mary Daggett Platt 1767–1853

Inscription

Rev. NAPHTALI DAGGETT D.D. Born at Attleborough, Mass. Sept. 8, 1727 Died in New Haven, Nov. 25, 1780. Pastor of the Church at Smithtown. L. I. 1751 to 1755,

Professor of Divinity in Yale College 1755 to his death.

President 1766 to 1777.


"Appletons' cyclopaedia of American biography, Vol. II, New York, D. Appleton and Company, 1887"

"Daggett, Naphtali, clergyman, b. in Attleborough, Mass., 8 Sept., 1727; d. in New Haven, Conn., 25 Nov., 1780. His grandfather was the great-grandfather of David Daggett. He was graduated at Yale, in 1748, studied theology, was ordained pastor of the Presbyterian church in Smithtown, R.I., in 1751, and in 1756 became professor of divinity at Yale, which post he retained until his death. When President Clapp resigned in 1766, he was chosen president pro tempore, in which capacity he officiated until 1777, when he was succeeded by Dr. Ezra Stiles. When the British attacked New Haven in July, 1779, Dr. Daggett took part in the defence with a shot-gun, but was taken prisoner, and compelled by the enemy to act as a guide, and repeatedly pricked with bayonets until his strength failed, and he never fully recovered. He published several sermons and an account of the famous dark day in New England (1780)"

Family Members

Parents Photo Ebenezer Daggett 1690–1740

Photo Mary Blackinton Daggett 1698–1772

Spouse Photo Sarah Smith Daggett unknown–1772

Siblings Photo John Daggett 1724–1803 (m. 1784)

Photo Ebenezer Daggett 1732–1782

Photo Philip Daggett 1739–1783

Children Photo Henry Daggett 1738–1843

Photo Ezra Daggett 1765–1844

Photo Mary Daggett Platt 1767–1853

Inscription

Rev. NAPHTALI DAGGETT D.D. Born at Attleborough, Mass. Sept. 8, 1727 Died in New Haven, Nov. 25, 1780. Pastor of the Church at Smithtown. L. I. 1751 to 1755,


"Appletons' cyclopaedia of American biography, Vol. II, New York, D. Appleton and Company, 1887"

"Daggett, Naphtali, clergyman, b. in Attleborough, Mass., 8 Sept., 1727; d. in New Haven, Conn., 25 Nov., 1780. His grandfather was the great-grandfather of David Daggett. He was graduated at Yale, in 1748, studied theology, was ordained pastor of the Presbyterian church in Smithtown, R.I., in 1751, and in 1756 became professor of divinity at Yale, which post he retained until his death. When President Clapp resigned in 1766, he was chosen president pro tempore, in which capacity he officiated until 1777, when he was succeeded by Dr. Ezra Stiles. When the British attacked New Haven in July, 1779, Dr. Daggett took part in the defence with a shot-gun, but was taken prisoner, and compelled by the enemy to act as a guide, and repeatedly pricked with bayonets until his strength failed, and he never fully recovered. He published several sermons and an account of the famous dark day in New England (1780)"



Naphtali Daggett (September 8, 1727 – November 25, 1780) was an American academic and educator. He graduated from Yale University in 1748.[1] Three years later, he became pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Smithtown, Long Island. In 1755, the Yale Corporation persuaded him to return to New Haven to assist President Thomas Clapp in the pulpit, and to be considered for appointment as a college professor. On March 4, 1756, the Corporation inducted him as Yale's first professor—officially the Livingstonian Professor of Divinity.

Daggett became the college's president pro tempore in 1766 after the resignation of President Clap. Daggett held the office of President for the next eleven years, until 1777.

When the British attacked New Haven, Connecticut in 1779, Rev. Daggett took up arms in defense but was taken prisoner, and was forced to serve as a guide. He was bayoneted by his captors.

Rev. Daggett died in 1780.

Sources

  • 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
  • Steiner, Herbert Christian. (1893). History of Education in Connecticut, Circular of Information of the Bureau of Education, No. 2, 1893: Contributions to American Educational History, No. 14. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office.
  • Welch, Lewis Sheldon and Walter Camp. (1899). Yale, Her Campus, Class-rooms, and Athletics. Boston: L. C. Page and Co. OCLC 2191518
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Reverend Naphtali Daggett's Timeline

1727
September 8, 1727
Attleboro, Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States
1758
February 27, 1758
New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut, United States
1760
December 21, 1760
New Haven, Connecticut, British Colonial America
1765
April 18, 1765
1780
November 25, 1780
Age 53
New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut, United States
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New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut, United States