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Clergyman , College president

Naphtali Daggett, American clergyman, college president.


Daggett, Naphtali was born on September 8, 1727 in Attleboro, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Ebenezer and Mary (Blackington) Daggett.


He graduated from Yale University in 1748.


In 1755, the Yale Corporation persuaded him to return to New Haven to assist President Thomas Clapp in the pulpit, and to be considered for appointment as a college professor. On March 4, 1756, the Corporation inducted him as Yale's first professor—officially the Livingstonian Professor of Divinity. Daggett became the college's president pro tempore in 1766 after the resignation of President Clap.

Daggett held the office of President for the next eleven years, until 1777. When the British attacked New Haven, Connecticut in 1779, Rev. Daggett took up arms in defense but was taken prisoner, and was forced to serve as a guide.

He was bayoneted by his captors. Rev. Daggett died in 1780.


  • Other Work

    • Author: The Great Importance of Speaking in the Most Intelligible Manner in Christian Churches, 1768. The Excellency of a Good Name, 1768. The Testimony of Conscience, a Most Solid Foundation of Rejoicing, 1773.


Married Sarah Smith, December 19, 1753.

Ebenezer Daggett

Mary (Blackington) Daggett

Sarah Smith