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DOAK, Samuel, clergyman, born in Augusta County, Virginia, in August 1749; died in Bethel, N. C., 12 December 1830. He was graduated at Princeton in 1775, became tutor in Hampden Sidney College, studied theology there, and was licensed to preach by the presbytery of Hanover in 1777. He removed to the Holston settlement (then part of North Carolina, but now a part of east Tennessee), and two years later to a settlement on the Little Limestone, in Washington County, where he bought a farm, built a log schoolhouse and a small Church, and founded the "Salem Congregation." The school he established at this place was the first that was organized in the valley of the Mississippi. In 1785 it was incorporated by the legislature of North Carolina as Martin academy, and in 1795 became Washington College. He presided over it from the time of its incorporation till 1818, when he removed to Bethel and opened a private school, which he named Tusculum academy. Mr. Doak was a member of the convention of 1784 that formed the constitution of the commonwealth of Frankland. Washington conferred the degree of D. D. upon him and Greenville Colleges in 1818.itis son, Samuel, was president of Tuseulum College, Tennessee, in 1857.
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