John Lord papers, 1825 - 1894Manuscript MS-1262

Biography

John Lord was born on September 10, 1810, in Portsmouth, NH. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1833, and studied theology for a time at Andover Theological Seminary. In his second year at the Academy he wrote a series of lectures on the Dark Ages, which he delivered soon after during a tour of northern New York. He also became an agent of the American Peace Society. Though not ordained to the ministry, he occupied Congregational pulpits in New Marlboro and Stockbridge, Mass. After 1840 he devoted himself to literary work and lecturing. In 1843-46 he was in England giving lectures on the Middle Ages, and on his return to the United States continued to lecture for many years. From 1866-76 he was lecturer on history at Dartmouth College. His lectures were published under the title "Beacon Lights of History" (1883). His other publications include "Modern History for Schools" (1850), "The Old Roman World" (1867) and "Ancient States and Empires" (1869). Lord died on December 15, 1894.

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