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FISKE, Nathan, clergyman, born in Weston, Massachusetts, 9 September 1733; died in Brookfield, Massachusetts, 24 November 1799. He was graduated at Harvard in 1754, studied theology, was licensed to preach in the Congregational denomination, and began his ministry in Brookfield, Massachusetts, in May 1758. He organized a society for mutual advancement and intellectual culture, which published its productions, and continued the publication of essays and addresses the rest of his life. With little interruption they appeared in the Worcester " Gazette," the "Massachusetts Magazine," and the "Spy." His ministerial work was continued without interruption, and he delivered a sermon on the day of his death. He received the degree of D. D. from Harvard in 1792. Dr. Fiske's published works include " An Historical Sermon on the Settlement and Growtli of Brookfield" (1775); "Oration on the Capture of Lord Cornwallis" (1781); a volume of sermons (1794);" Dudleian Lecture at Harvard" (1796); and a volume of essays entitled " The Moral Monitor," published after his death (2 vols., 1801). The last-named work was used extensively as a school reader.
His son, Nathan Welby Fiske, clergyman, born in Weston, Massachusetts, 17 April 1798; died in Jerusalem, Palestine, 27 May; 1847. He was graduated at Dartmouth in 1817, and had charge of an academy in Newcastle, Maine, for a year. He was chosen tutor at Dartmouth in 1818, which post he held two years, and was graduated at Andover theological seminary in 1823. in November of that year he was ordained as an evangelist, and went to Savannah, Georgia, to preach among the seamen and others not belonging to any Church. In April 1824, while yet in Savannah, he declined an invitation to supply the pastorate in Concord, New Hampshire, during the session of the legislature, and on the same day he declined the solicitation to represent the American foreign mission board as a missionary to Palestine or to China. He was also offered the professorship of mathematics and natural philosophy in Middlebury College, Vermont, but declined it, and became professor of Latin and Greek in Amherst in 1824, adding to his duties as instructor the department of belles-lettres from 1825 till 1833, and from 1833 till 183(; was professor of languages (including the modern) at Amherst. He was transferred to the chair of intellectual and moral philosophy, and held it from 1836 till the time of his death. n 1846, on account of failing health, he visited Palestine, where he died, and was buried in Jerusalem on Mount Sion. He was the father of the author Helen Hunt Jackson (q. v.). He published a "Manual of Classical Literature," based upon the German work of J. J. Eschenburg, with additions and a supplemental volume of plates (Philadelphia, 1836 ; 4th ed., 1843); " Sermons" (1850); " Young Peter's Tour Around the World"; and "Story of Aleck; or, The History of Pitcairn's Island." His biography was published, with selections from his sermons and other writings, by Heman Humphrey, D. D. (Amherst, 1850).
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