Jonathan Edwards (Washington & Jefferson College)

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Jonathan Edwards
Jonathan Edwards 1817.jpg
First President of
Washington & Jefferson College
In office
April 4, 1866 – April 20, 1869
Preceded by John W. Scott (Washington College)
David Hunter Riddle (Jefferson College)
Succeeded by George P. Hays
President of Hanover College
In office
Preceded by Thomas E. Thomas
Succeeded by James Wood
Personal details
Born July 19, 1817
Cincinnati, Ohio
Died July 13, 1891(1891-07-13) (aged 73)
Peoria, Illinois
Alma mater Hanover College
Religion Presbyterian

Jonathan Edwards was the first president of Washington & Jefferson College following the union of Washington College and Jefferson College.[1]

Edwards was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on July 19, 1817. He graduated from Hanover College in 1835 and from Hanover's theological department in 1838.[1] Edwards taught in Kentucky from 1838 to 1842 before becoming ordained clergy in the Presbyterian Church in 1844.[1] He served as pastor at various churches in Ohio, Maryland, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Edwards served as the fifth president of Hanover College from 1855 through 1857.[1]

On April 4, 1866, Edwards was elected as the first president of the newly unified Washington & Jefferson College.[1] By the end of his presidency, the college was considering consolidating the two campuses, a direction Edwards supported.[1] Edwards resigned the presidency of W&J on April 20, 1869 to accept a pastoral charge in Baltimore.[1] He died in Peoria, Illinois on July 13, 1891.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Jonathan Edwards (1866-1869)". U. Grant Miller Library Digital Archives. Washington & Jefferson College. 2003-09-04. 
Academic offices
Preceded by
Thomas E. Thomas
President of Hanover College
Succeeded by
James Wood
Preceded by
David Hunter Riddle (Jefferson College)
John W. Scott (Washington College)
President of Washington and Jefferson College
Succeeded by
Samuel J. Wilson (Interim)