Eliphaz Fay

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Eliphaz Fay
Fourth President of Colby College
In office
Preceded by Robert Everett Pattison
Succeeded by David Newton Sheldon
Personal details
Born (1797-04-27)April 27, 1797
Marlborough, Massachusetts
Died March 19, 1854(1854-03-19) (aged 56)
Poughkeepsie, New York
Spouse(s) Mary Helen Lee (m. 1829)
Alma mater Brown University

Eliphaz Fay (April 27, 1797 – March 19, 1854) served as the fourth president of Colby College (then called the Waterville College) in Maine.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Fay was born to Solomon Fay, and Suzannah Morse, a schoolteacher in Marlborough, Massachusetts.[2] Graduated from Brown University in 1821.[3] He married Mary Helen (Lee) on April 20, 1829.[2] His children were Susan Mary, William Wirt, Henry Harrison, Caroline Louise.[2]


Fay had a career as a lawyer.[1] In 1832 he was the first principal of New Paltz Academy.[1] From 1833-1834 he published the The Independence, a newspaper in Poughkeepsie, New York, which "advocate(d) the cause of Anti-Masonry, literature, science, temperance, morality and religion." Editor: Eliphaz Fay, 1832-1834.[4]

Elected President of Colby College in August 1841, after a year when the college had no president for the prior year. The enrollment was 76.[5]


  1. ^ a b c Burrage, Henry S (1904). History of the Baptists in Maine. Marks Printing House. 
  2. ^ a b c Dwight, Benjamin W (1871). The History of the Descendants of Elder John Strong, of Northampton, Mass, Volume 2. J. Munsell. Retrieved 2013-06-20. 
  3. ^ "Dr. Arthur Jeremiah Roberts, President of Colby College since 1908". Lewiston Evening Journal. Jun 25, 1920. Retrieved 2013-06-25. 
  4. ^ "The independence (Newspaper, 1832)". [WorldCat.org]. Retrieved 2014-01-03. 
  5. ^ United States. Office of Education (1903). Circulars of Information of the Bureau of Education. Government Printing Office. 

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