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MOORE, Zephaniah Swift, clergyman, born in Palmer, Massachusetts, 20 November, 1770; died in Amherst, Massachusetts, 30 June, 1823. He was graduated at Dartmouth in 1793, taught for the next three years, subsequently entered the ministry of the Congregational church, and in 1798-1811 preached at Leicester. He then became professor of languages at Dartmouth, and was elected president of Williams in 1815, but resigned on account of the unpopularity that was occasioned by his support of the proposition to remove the college to Hampshire county. On the organization of Amherst college he became its first president, continuing in office until his death. He received the degree of D.D. from both Williams and Dartmouth in 1816. He published an "Oration, 5 July, 1802" (Worcester, Massachusetts, 1802); "Address to the Public in Respect to Amherst College " (1823); and two sermons.
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