Life of Charles Coffin
This collection consists of research notes for and a copy of the Life of Charles Coffin. The book was written by Coffin's great granddaughter Margaret Coffin and entails the life story of Charles Coffin.
- circa 1937
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This collection consists of notes used to write the book Life of Charles Coffin. The book was written by Coffin's great granddaughter Margaret Coffin and entails the life story of Charles Coffin.
Charles Coffin was born on August 15, 1775 in Newburyport, Massachusetts, to Charles and Hepzibah Coffin. He graduated from Harvard College in July of 1793 and later received an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Williams College. He was licensed to preach the Gospel on May 14, 1799 and became an ordained Evangelist on September 11, 1804. Coffin moved to the southeast in 1799 and became Vice-President of Greeneville College in 1801.
He married Susan Woodbridge Ayer of Maine on October 9, 1802 and the couple had twelve children. The family moved to Tennessee in 1805, where Coffin continued his work with Greeneville College (becoming President in 1810) before assuming the Presidency of East Tennessee University in 1827. To induce him to leave Greeneville College, the Trustees offered a generous annual salary of $1500 and a president's home. Coffin resigned in 1832, having concluded that public opinion in Tennessee was not sufficient to support a college. He died in Greeneville, Tennessee on June 3, 1853.
This collection was donated to Special Collections by Mr. and Mrs. Hector Coffin in 1966.