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 (1778–86), and the acting president of Harvard University (1804–06). He also co-founded the American Education Society.[1][nb 1]

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.[2]

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. ^ The American Society for the Education of Pious Youth for the Gospel Ministry was "organized in 1815 for the purpose of aid in the education of Protestant clergymen." It was renamed "American Education Society" in 1820.[1]


  1. ^ a b Monroe, Paul (ed.), Cyclopedia of Education, New York: Macmillan – via HathiTrust  1911-1913
  2. ^ "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