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Clergyman , educator

Irah Chase was a United States Baptist clergyman.


Chase, Irah was born on October 5, 1793 in Stratton, Vermont, United States. Son of Isaac and Sarah (Bond) Chase.


He was educated at Middlebury College and Andover Theological Seminary, and was ordained in 1817.


After laboring as a Baptist missionary in the western part of Virginia, he became in 1818 professor in a new theological school at Philadelphia, which was soon after transferred to Washington, D.C., to become the theological department of the newly chartered Columbian College. In this office he remained seven years, one of which he spent in Europe, and in 1825 he was prominent in establishing the Newton Theological Institution at Newton Centre, Massachusetts, with which he was connected as professor until 1845, when he resigned, in order to devote himself to theological and literary studies. During a visit to Europe in 1830 he aided in founding the Baptist mission in France.

They had seven children, five of whom survived infancy. Martha died in 1846.



Married Harriet Savage, March 15, 1821. Married second, Martha Raymond, October 13, 1835.

Isaac Chase

Sarah (Bond) Chase

Harriet Savage

Martha Raymond