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Samuel Joseph May Edit Profile

Clergyman

Samuel Joseph May, American clergyman.

Background

May, Samuel Joseph was born on September 12, 1797 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Colonel Joseph and Dorothy (Sewall) May.

Education

Graduated from Harvard, 1817. Studied theology under Norton Ware.

Career

Assistant to William Ellery Channing in his parish, Boston. Ordained to ministry Unitarian Church, 1822. Pastor, Brooklyn, Connecticut, 1822-1836, South Scituate, Massachusetts, 1836-1842, Syracuse, New York, 1845-1867.

Organizer Windham County (Connecticut) Peace Society, 1826. Advocate of temperance, women’s rights. Principal Normal School, Lexington, Massachusetts, 1842-1844.

Made his home a link in Underground R.R.

Connections

Married Lucretia Flagge Coffin, June 1, 1825.

father:
Colonel Joseph May

mother:
Dorothy (Sewall) May

spouse:
Lucretia Flagge Coffin