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TAPPAN, Henry Philip, clergyman, born in Rhinebeck, New York, 23 April, 1805; died in Vevay, Switzerland. 15 November, 1881. He was graduated at Union college in 1825, and at Auburn theological seminary m 1827, and after serving for a year as associate pastor of a Dutch Reformed church in Schenectady, New York, became pastor of a Congregational church in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, but resigned, owing to impaired health, and visited the West Indies. In 1832 he became professor of moral philosophy in the University of the city of New York, which post he resigned in 1838, and opened a private school. In 1852 he was elected first chancellor of the University of Michigan, and secured valuable additions to the literary and scientific resources of the university, among which were several fine instruments for the observatory. He retired in 1863, and spent the rest of his life in Europe. In 1859 he was elected corresponding member of the French imperial institute, and president of the American association for the advancement of education. He devoted much attention to the subject of university education, and studied the systems of England and Germany. Union gave him the degree of D. D. in 1845, and Columbia that of LL.D. in 1853. Dr. Tappan published a " Review of Edwards's 'Inquiry into the Freedom of the Will'" (New York, 1839); "The Doctrine of the Will determined by an Appeal to Consciousness" (1840); "The Doctrine of the Will applied to Moral Agency and Responsibility" (1841; with additions, Glasgow, 1857); "Elements of Logic, together with an Introductory View of Philosophy in General and a Preliminary View of the Reason" (1844); " Treatise on University Education" (1851); "A Step from the New World to the Old, and Back Again " (1852); and an "Introduction to Illustrious Personages of the Nineteenth Century" (1853).
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