William Bentley Papers, 1783 -- 1819


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10.45 Cubic Feet

William Bentley was born in Boston on June 22, 1759, the son of Joshua and Elizabeth Bentley. Very little is known Bentley's early life and childhood. At fourteen years of age Bentley went to Cambridge and entered Harvard College where he graduated with distinction as a member of the class of 1777. After graduation he spent a few years as a schoolmaster serving at the Boston Latin School. Later, he became preceptor of the North Grammar School, also in Boston. From the North School Bentley returned to Cambridge and Harvard, this time as a Latin and Greek tutor where he remained until 1783, when he received a call to the ministry. This call came from the East Church (Second Congregational Church) in Salem, Massachusetts. The East Society tendered Bentley the offer of a joint-pastorate with the Reverend James Diman. Upon meeting the requirements to the apparent satisfaction of all parties, Bentley was ordained on September 24, 1783.

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