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Clergyman , geographer

Jedidiah Morse, American clergyman, geographer. member board overseers Harvard; member American Board Commissioners for Foreign Missions, 1811-1819; member Phi Beta Kappa.

Background

Morse, Jedidiah was born on August 23, 1761 in Woodstock, Connecticut, United States. Son of Jedidiah and Sarah (Child) Morse.

Education

Graduated from Yale, 1783. Studied theology, New Haven, Connecticut, 1783-1785. S.T.D. (honorary), University Edinburgh (Scotland), 1794.

Career

Views; member board overseers Harvard. Assisted in founding The Mercury and New England Palladium, 1801. Founder, editor The Panoplist, 1805-1810.

A founder, General Association of Massachusetts, Andover Theological Seminary, 1808, Park St. Church, Boston, 1809, New England Tract Society, 1814, American Bible Society, 1816. Member American Board Commissioners for Foreign Missions, 1811-1819. Commissioned by secretary war to study conditions of the Indian nations, 1820, published report, 1822.

Member Phi Beta Kappa. Known as “father of American Geography.” Author: Geography Made Easy, 1784 (1st published American geography). The American Geography, 1789.

The American Universal Geography. Elements of Geography, 1795. The American Gazeteer, 1797.

A New Gazeteer for the Eastern Continent, 1802. Coauthor A Compendious History of New England, 1804. True Reasons on which The Election of a Hollis Professor of Divinity in Harvard College Was Opposed by the Board of Overseers, 14 February, 1805, 1805.

A Report to the Secretary of War—On Indian Affairs, Comprising A Narrative of a Tour Performed in the Summer of 1820, 1822.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Author: Geography Made Easy, 1784 (1st published American geography). The American Geography, 1789. The American Universal Geography.

      Elements of Geography, 1795. The American Gazeteer, 1797. A New Gazeteer for the Eastern Continent, 1802.

      Coauthor A Compendious History of New England, 1804. True Reasons on which The Election of a Hollis Professor of Divinity in Harvard College Was Opposed by the Board of Overseers, 14 February, 1805, 1805. A Report to the Secretary of War—On Indian Affairs, Comprising A Narrative of a Tour Performed in the Summer of 1820, 1822.

Membership

Member board overseers Harvard. Member American Board Commissioners for Foreign Missions, 1811-1819. Member Phi Beta Kappa.

Connections

Married Elizabeth Breese, May 14, 1789, 11 children including Samuel Finley Breese, Sidney Edwards, Richard.

father:
Jedidiah Morse

mother:
Sarah (Child) Morse

spouse:
Elizabeth Breese