Oren B. Cheney

Oren B. Cheney

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Oren Burbank Cheney (December 10, 1816 – December 22, 1903) was the founder of Bates College, an abolitionist, and a Free Will Baptist clergyman.

Early life

He was born in Holderness, New Hampshire, to prominent abolitionist parents, Abigail and Moses Cheney. Oren Cheney was educated at the Parsonsfield Seminary (a Free Will Baptist school), Brown University, and Dartmouth College, graduating with the Class of 1839. Cheney had transferred from Brown to Dartmouth because he felt Dartmouth was more tolerant of abolitionism. Cheney later attended the Free Will Baptist Bible School in Whitestown, New York (later called Cobb Divinity School).

Abolitionism and Temperance

Influenced particularly by his mother, Cheney developed core beliefs in the causes of abolitionism and temperance, and these were unswerving values throughout his life as an abolitionist, teacher, Freewill Baptist minister, state legislator, editor of The Morning Star abolitionist paper and founder and president of Bates College. Cheney's father, Moses Cheney, was the original printer for The Morning Star newspaper, and Moses Cheney was a friend of Frederick Douglass. Cheney's brother, Person C. Cheney was a U.S. Senator from New Hampshire. Oren Cheney worked at Parsonsfield Seminary, a stop on the Underground Railroad for several years, and he founded the Lebanon Academy in Lebanon, Maine in 1850. In 1851 Cheney was elected to the Maine House of Representatives as a Free......
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