Samuel Harris (theologian)
|5th President of Bowdoin College|
|Preceded by||Leonard Woods|
|Succeeded by||Joshua Chamberlain|
East Machias, Maine
|Alma mater||Bowdoin College|
After having graduated from Bowdoin in 1833, Harris had been a pastor in Massachusetts from 1841 to 1855 and had taught at the Divinity School in Bangor, Maine before becoming president of Bowdoin in 1867. Having lived in Maine throughout the American Civil War, he was considered by many as a candidate for the United States Senate. Nevertheless, Harris resigned from his position at Bowdoin in 1871 after having grown tired of such activities as fund-raising.
In the same year, he began working at Yale as the Dwight Professor of Systematic Theology. There, he wrote much more often, especially in the 1880s when he published his first major work, The Philosophical Basis of Theism, which received notice from England to Japan. Additionally, God the Creator and Lord of All explained his doctrinal system and he had been writing an unfinished book at the time of his death. When he resigned in 1895, he was given the title of Professor Emeritus. He continued to lecture at the school for an additional two years before permanently retiring.
The Kingdom of Christ on Earth
The Philosophical Basis of Theism
The Self-Revelation of God
God the Creator and Lord of All
- Samuel, Harris Administrative Records
- Memories of Yale life and men, 1845-1899 - Google Books
- JSTOR: Church History, Vol. 26, No. 1 (March., 1957), pp. 74-75
|President of Bowdoin College