Joseph Alden

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Joseph Alden
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Born January 4, 1807
Cairo, New York
Died August 30, 1885(1885-08-30) (aged 78)
Education Union College
Princeton Theological Seminary
Columbia University
Children William L. Alden
Church Presbyterian
Congregations served
Congregational Church of Williamstown, Massachusetts
Offices held

8thpresident of Jefferson College (1857–1862)

1stpresident of State Normal School at Albany (1867–1882)

Joseph Alden (January 4, 1807 – August 30, 1885) was an American academic and Presbyterian pastor. He was born in Cairo, New York, in 1807.

He received his bachelor's degree from Union College, going on to receive his advanced degrees from Columbia University.

He was professor at Williams College in 1835, professor at Lafayette College in 1853, president of Jefferson College in 1857, and principal of the State Normal School (now University at Albany, SUNY) in Albany, New York until 1882.

Among his many books, more than seventy, the most well known were Christian Ethics or the Science of Duty (1866), The Science of Government (1867), and Thoughts on the Religious Life (1879).[1]

Selected works[edit]


  1. ^ "Joseph Alden (1857–1862)". U. Grant Miller Library Digital Archives. Washington & Jefferson College. 2003-09-04. 
Academic offices
Preceded by
Alexander Blaine Brown
President of Jefferson College
Succeeded by
David Hunter Riddle