Enoch Mudge Edit Profile
He labored as an itinerant preacher in Maine until 1799, when his health gave way and he was forced to retire. He settled in Orrington, Maine, and was twice chosen Representative to the General Court of Massachusetts, in 1811-12 and 1815-16. In 1814 he was chaplain to a Maine militia regiment that participated in the Battle of Hampden during the War of 1812.
In 1816 he moved back to Massachusetts and resumed preaching. From 1832 to 1844 he was pastor of the Seamen's Bethel in New Bedford. There Herman Melville heard him and modelled the character of Father Mapple in Moby-Dick after This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Gilman, D. C.
Thurston, H. T.; Colby, F. M., eds. (1905). "article name needed". New International Encyclopedia (1st ed).
New York: Dodd, Mead.
Member Massachusetts House of Representatives from Orrington, 1811-1812, 15-16, helped pass religious freedom bill which took away old privileges of established church granted to Puritan churches.