Eliphalet Pearson

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Eliphalet Pearson
Born June 11, 1752
Newbury, Massachusetts
Died September 12, 1826(1826-09-12) (aged 74)
Greenland, New Hampshire
Occupation Educator

Eliphalet Pearson was an American educator, the first principal of Phillips Academy (1778-1786), and the acting president of Harvard University (1804-1806).

Pearson graduated from Harvard in 1773, where he was a member of the Hasty Pudding, after having attended Dummer Charity School (now known as The Governor's Academy). He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1781.[1]

After the death of Joseph Willard in 1804, Pearson became the interim president of Harvard University. He resigned that post in 1806, when Samuel Webber became president.


  1. ^ "Book of Members, 1780–2010: Chapter P" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved July 28, 2014. 
Academic offices
Preceded by
Joseph Willard
President of Harvard University

Succeeded by
Samuel Webber