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Zephaniah Swift Moore

Birthdate: (52)
Birthplace: Palmer, Hampden County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, Colonial America
Death: June 29, 1823 (52)
Amherst, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Judah Moore and Mary Moore
Husband of Phebe Moore

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About Zephaniah Swift Moore


Zephaniah Swift Moore (November 20, 1770 – June 29, 1823) was an American Congregational clergyman and educator. He taught at Dartmouth College during the early 1810s and had a house built in Hanover, New Hampshire that now serves as Dartmouth's Blunt Alumni Center. He served as the President of Williams College between 1815 and 1821 and the first President of Amherst College between 1821 and 1823. He is most famous for abandoning Williams in order to found Amherst, taking some of the faculty and 15 students with him. Supposedly, he also took portions of the Williams College library with him. Though plausible, this account is unsubstantiated, and was declared false in 1995 by Williams College President Harry C. Payne. Moore died two years after Amherst was founded, and was succeeded by Heman Humphrey, a trustee of Williams College. His departure from Williams established the foundation for the intense Williams-Amherst rivalry that persists to the present. To this day, he is regarded with a measure of derision on the Williams campus.

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Zephaniah Swift Moore's Timeline

November 20, 1770
Palmer, Hampden County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, Colonial America
June 29, 1823
Age 52
Amherst, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, United States