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DAGGETT, Naphtali, clergyman, born in Attic-borough, Massachusetts, 8 September 1727; died in New Haven, Connecticut, 25 November 1780. His grandfather was the great-grandfather of David Daggett. He was graduated at Yale in 1748, studied theology, was ordained pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Smithtown, L. I., in 1751, and in 1756 became professor of divinity at Yale, which post he retained until his death. When President Clapp resigned in 1766, he was chosen president pro tempore, in which capacity he officiated until 1777, when Dr. Ezra Stiles succeeded him. When the British attacked New Haven in July 1779, Dr. Daggett took part in the defense with a shot-gun, but was taken prisoner, and compelled by the enemy to act as a guide, and repeatedly pricked with bayonets until his strength failed, and he never fully recovered. He published several sermons and an account of the famous dark day in New England (1780).
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