Andrew Preston Peabody

Andrew Preston Peabody (March 19 1811, Beverly, MassachusettsMarch 10 1893, Boston, Massachusetts) was an American clergyman and author.

Peabody was descended from Lieut. Francis Peabody of St. Albans, who emigrated to Massachusetts in 1635. He learned to read before he was three years old, entered Harvard College at the age of twelve, and graduated in 1826, with the single exception of Paul Dudley (class of 1690) the youngest graduate of Harvard.

In 1833 he became assistant pastor of the South Parish (Unitarian) of Portsmouth, New Hampshire; the senior pastor died before Peabody had been preaching a month, and he succeeded to the charge of the church, which he held until 1860. In 1853 to 1863 he was proprietor and editor of the "North American Review".

He was preacher to Harvard University and Plummer professor of Christian morals from 1860 to 1881, and was professor emeritus from 1881 until his death in Boston, Massachusetts, shortly before his 82nd birthday.

On the walls of Appleton Chapel, Cambridge, Massachusetts is a bronze tablet to his memory.

Besides many brief memoirs and articles, he wrote:
* "Christianity the Religion of Nature" (2 vol. ed., 1864)
*"Lowell Institute Lectures; Reminiscences of European Travel" (1868)
*"A Manual of Moral Philosophy" (1873)
*"Christian Belief and Life" (1875)
*"Harvard Reminiscences" (1888).

See the "Memoir" (Cambridge, 1896) by Edward J. Young.

External links

* Summary of his career, including acting president of Harvard

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