Zephaniah Swift Moore

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Zephaniah Swift Moore
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President of Williams College
In office
1815–1821
Preceded by Ebenezer Fitch
Succeeded by Edward Dorr Griffin
President of Amherst College
In office
1821–1823
Succeeded by Heman Humphrey
Personal details
Born (1770-11-20)November 20, 1770
Palmer, Massachusetts
Died June 29, 1823(1823-06-29) (aged 52)
Amherst, Massachusetts

Zephaniah Swift Moore (November 20, 1770 – June 29, 1823)[1] was an American Congregational clergyman and educator. He taught at Dartmouth College during the early 1810s and had a house built in Hanover, New Hampshire that now serves as Dartmouth's Blunt Alumni Center. He served as the President of Williams College between 1815 and 1821 and the first President of Amherst College between 1821 and 1823. He is most famous for abandoning Williams in order to found Amherst, taking some of the faculty and 15 students with him. Supposedly, he also took portions of the Williams College library with him. Though plausible, this account is unsubstantiated, and was declared false in 1995 by Williams College President Harry C. Payne. Moore died two years after Amherst was founded, and was succeeded by Heman Humphrey, a trustee of Williams College. His departure from Williams established the foundation for the intense Williams-Amherst rivalry that persists to the present. To this day, he is regarded with a measure of derision on the Williams campus.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Zephaniah Swift MOORE. Rootsweb.ancestry.com. Retrieved on 2013-08-02.
Academic offices
Preceded by
Ebenezer Fitch
President of Williams College
1815–1821
Succeeded by
Edward Dorr Griffin
Preceded by
None
President of Amherst College
1821–1823
Succeeded by
Heman Humphrey