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NISBET, Charles, clergyman, born in Haddington, Scotland, 21 January, 1736; died in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 18 January, 1804. He was educated at the University of Edinburgh, and after a full course of study at the theological hall was licensed to preach, 24 September, 1760. He became popular as a preacher, and was soon settled over one of the churches in the town of Montrose. When the war began between Great Britain and the American colonies Nisbet, who was a man of advanced views and a liberal in poll-tics, gave his sympathies to the latter. By this means he incurred not, a little obloquy, and he soon began to find his position uncomfortable. He was an accomplished scholar, and when Dickinson college, Pennsylvania, was founded, its presidency was offered him, and Nisbet, having accepted the call, arrived in this country in June, 1785. Having experienced some unexpected difficulty with the faculty in the management, and especially in the arrangement of the studies, he resigned in "1786, but, a reconciliation having been effected, he was re-elected president in May of the same year, and resumed his place. In addition to the duties of the presidency, he lectured on logic, belles-lettres, philosophy, and systematic theology. His library, containing many rare and curious books, was given to Princeton theological seminary by two of his grandsons. Nisbet's works appeared after his death (1806). See a memoir by Dr. Samuel Miller (1840).
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