Naphtali Daggett

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Naphtali Daggett
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Rev. Naphtali Daggett
President pro tempore of
Yale University
In office
Preceded by Thomas Clap
Succeeded by Ezra Stiles
Personal details
Born (1727-09-08)September 8, 1727
Attleborough, Massachusetts
Died November 25, 1780(1780-11-25) (aged 53)
New Haven, Connecticut
Alma mater Yale College

Naphtali Daggett (September 8, 1727 – November 25, 1780) was an American academic and educator. He graduated from Yale University in 1748.[1] Three years later, he became pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Smithtown, Long Island. In 1755, the Yale Corporation persuaded him to return to New Haven to assist President Thomas Clapp in the pulpit, and to be considered for appointment as a college professor. On March 4, 1756, the Corporation inducted him as Yale's first professor—officially the Livingstonian Professor of Divinity.[1]

Daggett became the college's president pro tempore in 1766 after the resignation of President Clap.[2] Daggett held the office of President for the next eleven years, until 1777.[3]

When the British attacked New Haven in 1779, Rev. Daggett took up arms in defense but was taken prisoner and forced to serve as a guide. He was bayoneted by his captors, and died in 1780.[4]


  1. ^ a b Kelley, Brooks Mather. (1999). Yale: A History, p. 62.
  2. ^ Kelley, p. 73.
  3. ^ Steiner, Herbert Christian. (1893). History of Education in Connecticut, p. 115.
  4. ^ Welch, Lewis et al. (1899). Yale, Her Campus, Class-rooms, and Athletics, p. 410.


Academic offices
Preceded by
Thomas Clap
President of Yale College
pro tempore

Succeeded by
Ezra Stiles