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Dr Abiel Abbot

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Dr Abiel Abbot

Birth
Wilton, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, USA
Death
31 Jan 1859 (aged 93)
Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial
Peterborough, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, USA
Memorial ID
132988938 View Source

-Harvard University Class of 1787, D.D. 1838
-Son of Dea. Abiel & Dorcas Abbot
-Married Elizabeth Abbot, dau of Capt. John Abbot
-Established the first publicly financed free library in the world.

Edited from Contributor onwitheshow #47595446:

"Reverend Abiel Abbot was a Unitarian minister and founder of the first tax-funded free public library."... " In 1827 he was installed as the minister of the Congregational Church in Peterborough, New Hampshire. He continued to minister until his retirement in 1849.

In 1833 at Peterborough, during a town meeting, a proposal was made that a portion of the State Literary Fund be used for the purchase of books to establish a library, free to all the citizens of Peterborough. Books purchased by Reverend Abbot and a board of trustees were made available for public use and initially housed in the general store.

In 1965 (the bicentennial of Abbot's birth), the New Hampshire State Legislature passed a resolution recognizing Abbot's role in founding the "first free public library in the world supported by taxation". The resolution also requested that a postage stamp be issued to commemorate the event. "

-Harvard University Class of 1787, D.D. 1838
-Son of Dea. Abiel & Dorcas Abbot
-Married Elizabeth Abbot, dau of Capt. John Abbot
-Established the first publicly financed free library in the world.

Edited from Contributor onwitheshow #47595446:

"Reverend Abiel Abbot was a Unitarian minister and founder of the first tax-funded free public library."... " In 1827 he was installed as the minister of the Congregational Church in Peterborough, New Hampshire. He continued to minister until his retirement in 1849.

In 1833 at Peterborough, during a town meeting, a proposal was made that a portion of the State Literary Fund be used for the purchase of books to establish a library, free to all the citizens of Peterborough. Books purchased by Reverend Abbot and a board of trustees were made available for public use and initially housed in the general store.

In 1965 (the bicentennial of Abbot's birth), the New Hampshire State Legislature passed a resolution recognizing Abbot's role in founding the "first free public library in the world supported by taxation". The resolution also requested that a postage stamp be issued to commemorate the event. "


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  • Created by: Cheshire
  • Added: 18 Jul 2014
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 132988938
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/132988938/abiel-abbot: accessed ), memorial page for Dr Abiel Abbot (14 Dec 1765–31 Jan 1859), Find a Grave Memorial ID 132988938, citing Village Cemetery, Peterborough, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, USA; Maintained by Cheshire (contributor 47921031).