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Webster, John Calvin (1810-1884) | Archival Collections at Wheaton College

Name: Webster, John Calvin (1810-1884)

Historical Note: John Calvin Webster was born on January 19, 1810 in Hampton, New Hampshire.  He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1832 (honorary D.D. 1882) and Andover Theological Seminary in 1835.  After preaching a year in Maine, in 1837 he was ordained as Chaplain to American and English seamen in Chronstadt, Russia.  After returning the following year, in December 1838 he was installed as pastor of the Congregational Church at Hopkinston, Massachusetts where he served for over 25 years.  In 1839, he married Rebecca Gair Russell (who died 1846).  He later married Elizabeth Ripley Bouton in 1847.  He came to Wheaton College in 1864 and taught Logic & Rhetoric for 12 years until retiring in 1877.  He then pastored the Congregational church of Lisbon, Illinois for three years and spent the rest of his life in Wheaton.  He had nine children (6 survived), and also adopted a daughter.  John Calvin Webster died on August 13, 1884.

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