Jedidiah Morse


Jedidiah Morse Famous memorial

Woodstock, Windham County, Connecticut, USA
Death 9 Jun 1826 (aged 64)
New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA
Burial New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA
Plot 6 Cedar Ave., East
Memorial ID 11863 View Source

Scholar, writer and clergyman. While studying towards his divinity degree at Yale, in 1783 he established a school for young women. In 1786, after receiving his degree, he continued to teach until his ordination at the end of that year. He saw the need for a geography textbook and he originally published in 1784 "Geography Made Easy." This was followed five years later with "American Geography." He continued to update and expand on these volumes which was widely utilized by schools. His interest and commitment to geographic education earned him the title of "Father of American Geography." Noah Webster assisted him in publishing the "Universal Geography of the United States" in 1797. Concurrently, he became a pastor in Boston beginning in 1789 and continued in this position until 1820. He received his Doctor of Divinity from the University of Edinburgh in 1795. In the following year he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was a staunch religious conservative and defended against Unitarianism. He aided in the financial support of Andover Theological Seminary. By assisting in the formation of the Park Street Church in Boston in 1808, he continued his lifelong dedication to defending the common orthodoxy of the religion. To that end, he published "The Panoplist" which later became "The Missionary Herald." In 1820, he was tasked by the U.S. Secretary of War to visit various Native American tribes to research means of assimilating them. This exposure led him to contradict racist views that implied Native Americans were inferior. He submitted his findings in "Report to the Secretary of War of Indian Affairs" in 1822. He was a member of the American Antiquarian Society, and the Massachusetts Historical Society. The "Dobson's Encyclopedia" was the first encyclopedia published after the American Revolution and Morse made significant contributions to it. He also published twenty-five sermons, "A Compendious History of New England," and "Annals of the American Revolution." His first born son, Samuel Morse went on to invent the telegraph.

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