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Moore, Zephaniah Swift, 1770-1823



Zephaniah Swift Moore was born November 20, 1770 in Palmer, Massachusetts. He attended preparatory school in Bennington, Vermont, and graduated from Dartmouth College in 1793. He taught for a year in Londonderry, New Hampshire, after graduation. Moore then turned his attention to theological studies. He became ordained as a minister in 1796. He accepted a post in Leicester, Massachusetts, where he became involved in local education - serving as the principal of Leicester Academy. Moore met Phebe Drury of Ward, Massachusetts while in Leicester and they married in January of 1799. In 1811, Moore accepted a position as Professor of Languages at Dartmouth College. In 1815, he was elected to the Presidency of Williams College. In 1821, Moore became the first president of Amherst College. Moore died in 1823.

Source: Tyler, William S. A History of Amherst College .... New York: F.H. Hitchcock, 1895.

Vital Records of Leicester, Massachusetts, to the End of 1849. Worcester, Mass.: Franklin P. Rice, 1903.

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Amherst College Inaugurations Collection

Identifier: MA.00094

Speeches, notes, newsclippings, photographs, invitations, tickets, programs,, and guest lists from various Amherst College Inauguration ceremonies dating from 1821 to present.

Dates: 1821-present

Moore, Zephaniah Swift (President), 7 folders, 1798-1994

Scope and Contents From the Collection: The Amherst College Non-Alumni Biographical Files document individuals associated with the college as faculty, staff, honorary degree recipients, trustees, visiting speakers and artists or in any role other than student. Files contain information about the individual and their relationship to the college and may including newpaper clippings, photographs, curriculum vitae, pamphlets, correspondence and other materials. Some files contain biographical questionaires submitted by the individual...
Dates: 1798-1994

President's Office Records. Zephaniah Swift Moore

 Record Group
Identifier: RG 003-001

This collection, part of the President’s Office Records, contains the correspondence, addresses, and sermons of Zephaniah Swift Moore while he served as Amherst College’s first president.

Dates: 1789-1823