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CHAPLIN, Jeremiah, educator, born in Rowley (now Georgetown), Massachusetts, 2 January, 1776; died in Hamilton, New York, 7 May, 1841. He worked on his father's farm till he was nearly of age, but at the same time prepared for College, and was graduated at Brown in 1799. After spending a year there as tutor he studied theology, and in 1802 became pastor of the Baptist church in Danvers, Massachusetts. He resigned this charge in 1817, and accepted an invitation to become principal of a newly established Baptist literary and theological seminary at Waterville, Maine This was chartered as Waterville College in 1820 (now Colby university), and in 1821 Dr. Chaplin became its first president. His administration was wise and efficient, and laid the foundation for the prosperity of the College. He resigned his office in 1833, returned to his pastoral labors, for which he had a strong preference, and, after preaching in Rowley, Massachusetts, and Wilmington, Connecticut, went to live in Hamilton, New York Dr. Chaplin was a learned theologian. Though he held strictly to the Calvinistic doctrines, his manner of stating them was original. He published a small volume entitled "The Evening of Life" (new eds., Boston, 1865 and 1871).--His son, Jeremiah, born in Danvers, Massachusetts, in 1813; died in New Utrecht, New York, 5 March, 1886, was graduated at Waterville in 1833, and, after holding pastorates in Bangor, Maine, and Newton Centre, Massachusetts, engaged in literary pursuits in Boston. He published "The Memorim Hour" (Boston, 1864); "Riches of Bunyan" ; "The Hand of Jesus" (1869); " Life of Rev. Duncan Dunbar" ; "Life of Charles Sumner"; "Life of Franklin"; "Life of Galen"; and "Life of Henry Dunster, First President of Harvard College" (Boston, 1872). The last-mentioned work has much historical value.--His wife, Jane Dunbar, author, born in Scotland, 11 February, 1819; died in Boston, Massachusetts, 17 April, 1884, came to the United States in 1821 with her father, Duncan Dunbar, who was for many years a Baptist clergyman in New York city. She was educated in New York, and married Dr. Chaplin in 1841. Her literary work comprises numerous contributions to religious periodicals and the following Sunday-school storybooks : "The Convent and the Manse." " The Transplanted Shamrock," "Black and White," "Kitty Foote," "Morning Gloom," " The Old Gentleman and His Friends," "Gems of the Bog," "Out of the Wilderness," "Donald McBride's Lassie," and "Wee Maggie Forsythe."
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