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FITCH, Ebenezer, educator, born in Norwich, Connecticut, 26 September 1756; died in West Bloomfield, New York, 21 March. 1833. He was descended from James, minister of Saybrook and of Norwich, was graduated at Yale in 1777, and was a tutor there in 1780'83 and 1786'91. In 1791 he became principal of Williamstown academy, and when this became Williams College, in June 1793, he was elected its first president, an office which he held until 1815, when he resigned to become pastor of the Presbyterian Church in West Bloomfield, N.Y. He resigned this charge in 1827, but preached occasionally after that almost until the time of his death.
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