Robert Hett Chapman
|Robert Hett Chapman|
|President of the
University of North Carolina
|Preceded by||Joseph Caldwell|
|Succeeded by||Joseph Caldwell|
March 15, 1771|
Orangedale, New Jersey
|Died||June 18, 1833
|Alma mater||Princeton University|
|Profession||Educator, Religious Minister|
Robert Hett Chapman was born second of three children of Reverend Jedediah Chapman and his wife, Blanche Smith and was born on March 15, 1771 in Orangedale (now Orange), New Jersey. He was married to Hannah Arnett in 1797, while serving as a Presbyterian minister.
Robert graduated from Nassau Hall, now known as Princeton University, in 1789 with his Bachelor's degree in Theology. His next step would be to get his licenses with the Presbytery in New Jersey. After this he was installed as the pastor at the Presbyterian Church in Rahway, New Jersey. Robert remained in Rahway from 1796–1799.
President of the University of North Carolina
On December 12, 1812 was elected president by the Board of Trustees at The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Robert contributed to UNC in many ways such as “instituting Bible study for students and helped to establish a local church” He did not stay long at UNC. He gave in his letter of resignation on November 23, 1816 and his session ended immediately but was still given half of a years severance pay and was still allowed to stay in the house he lived in on the campus.
After resigning from UNC, he traveled as a minister and missionary throughout Virginia where he was a pastor in Leesburg, Loudon and Winchester. He also traveled some in North Carolina and Tennessee. He “died unexpectedly of an intestinal ailment” in Winchester, Virginia on the June 18, 1833. In memory of Robert Hett Chapman there is a “framed silhouette” of him “in the North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill”
Engstrom, Mary Claire. "Robert Hett Chapman." Documenting the American South. 2004. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 9 Nov. 2007
"November 23, 1816." UNC University of Libraries. 28 Dec. 2003. University of North Carolina At Chapel Hill. 9 Nov. 2007
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