Whitestown Seminary

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Whitestown Seminary, New York

Whitestown Seminary, previously known as Oneida Academy and Oneida Institute, was a Presbyterian (and then Free Will Baptist) educational institution based in Whitestown, New York, founded in 1827. Originally a manual labor college, Oneida Institute was presided over by the abolitionist firebrand Beriah Green from 1833 to 1844 and admitted African-American students. Under Green, the school's major focus was preparing young followers of Charles Finney to become missionaries in the west. It was sold to the Freewill Baptists because of financial problems and became the Whitestown Seminary in 1844. It subsequently merged with Bible School of Parsonsfield Seminary to form the Free Will Baptist Bible School, which moved to the New Hampton Institute in 1854 before moving to Bates College in 1870.

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