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