Nathan Lord

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Nathan Lord
President of Dartmouth College
In office
1828–1863
Preceded by Bennet Tyler
Succeeded by Asa Dodge Smith
Personal details
Born (1793-11-28)November 28, 1793
Berwick, Maine
Died September 9, 1870(1870-09-09) (aged 77)
Hanover, New Hampshire

Nathan Lord (November 28, 1793 – September 9, 1870) was a U.S. Congregational clergyman and educator.

He graduated from Bowdoin College in 1809, attended Andover Theological Seminary and served as president of Dartmouth College from 1828 to 1863. Lord was able to bring the college out of debt, improve the overall curriculum, and raise admission levels.

Ultimately, his views on slavery brought a storm of controversy as the nation entered the Civil War, earning him the enmity of several members of the Board of Trustees, including Amos Tuck (1835), a founding member of the Republican Party, and close friend of Abraham Lincoln. Matters came to a head in 1863 when Lord prevented the granting of an honorary degree to President Lincoln. Ultimately, this resulted in actions by the Trustees that essentially warranted his removal from office. However, Lord tendered his resignation.

He continued to live in as an active member of the Dartmouth College community, in Hanover, New Hampshire, until his death in 1870.

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