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 Lewis Orsmond Brastow

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Lewis Orsmond Brastow

  • Birth 23 Mar 1834 Brewer, Penobscot County, Maine, USA
  • Death 1912
  • Burial New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA
  • Plot 45 Ivy Path
  • Memorial ID 39531279

Son of Deodat and Eliza (Blake) Brastow.

Professor of Practical Theology at the Yale Divinity School and later Dean of the Yale Divinity School

Lewis Orsmond Brastow was fitted for college in Brewer and Bangor in part under the Reverends Jotham Sewall, late Head Master of Thayer Academy, and Horatio Q. Butterfield, late President of Olivet College. Entering Bowdoin College in the fall of 1854, he was graduated in the summer of 1857 during the latter part of the Presidency of Leonard Woods, and among the instructors at that time were : Professor Roswell D. Hitchcock, subsequently of Union Theological Seminary; Charles C. Kverett, now of Harvard University; Joshua L. Chamberlain, afterward President of Bowdoin College; and Egbert C. Smyth, now of Andover Theological Seminary. After teaching school for three months he entered the Bangor Theological Seminary, from which he was graduated in the class of 186o, and on January 1o, 1861, he was installed as Pastor of the South Congregational Church, St. Johnsbury, Vermont, to which he had been called while still a student. From September 1862 to July 1863 he was Chaplain of the Twelfth Regiment, Vermont Volunteer Infantry, and after being connected with the church in St. Johnsbury for nearly thirteen years, he in 1873 accepted a call from the First Congregational Church, Burlington, Vermont, where he continued as pastor until June 1884. The year 1869 was spent in study and in travel through Europe and Palestine. In March 1885 he was appointed by the corporation of Yale University to his present Professorship in the Divinity School, which he has filled with distinguished ability. Professor Brastow was a Delegate to the Vermont Constitutional Convention in 187o, and Workingmen's candidate for Representative to the Legislature the same year; was formerly a Republican in politics but now votes independently. He is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Delta Phi college societies, of various ecclesiastical and philanthropic organizations, and a literary club in New Haven. Yale University conferred upon him the honorary degree of M. A., and Bowdoin College that of D. D. On May 15, 1872, he married Martha Brewster Ladd of Painesville, Ohio. They have three sons: Lewis Ladd, Edward Thayer and George Brewster Brastow.


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  • Created by: Rob Johnson
  • Added: 16 Jul 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 39531279
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Lewis Orsmond Brastow (23 Mar 1834–1912), Find A Grave Memorial no. 39531279, citing Grove Street Cemetery, New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA ; Maintained by Rob Johnson (contributor 46897732) .