Sereno Edwards Dwight

Sereno Edwards Dwight

Sereno Edwards Dwight

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Sereno Edwards Dwight (May 18, 1786 – November 30, 1850) was an American author, educator, and Congregationalist minister, who served as Chaplain of the Senate.

Early years

Dwight was the fifth son of Yale College President Timothy Dwight IV and his wife Mary Woolsey, born in Greenfield Hill in Fairfield, Connecticut. He graduated Yale in 1803, was a tutor there in 1806–1810, and successfully practised law in New Haven, Connecticut in 1810–1816. For seveal years during this time, he worked ten hours each day preparing an exhaustive "Geography".


Licensed to preach in 1816, he served as the Chaplain of the Senate of the United States for one year's term (December 16, 1816-December 19, 1817). Dwight was ordained on September 3, 1817, at Park Street Church, Boston.

Thereafter, he served as pastor of the Park Street Church, Boston, in 1817–1826, where he greatly influenced the young hymn writer and clergyman Ray Palmer, author of "My Faith Looks Up to Thee" among others. In 1833–1835 he was president of Hamilton College, Clinton, New York. His...
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