William B. Sprague
Timothy Dwight (1752-1817), grandson of Jonathan Edwards and father of Sereno E. Dwight, was born in Northampton, Mass. He was reading the Bible at the age of four and began teaching himself Latin at the age of six. Dwight graduated from Yale in 1769, was licensed to preach in 1777, and served as a chaplain in the Continental Army from 1777-78. He pastored the Greenfield Hill Congregational Church in Fairfield, Conn. from 1783-95 and later served as president of Yale College from 1795 to 1817. Dwight suffered from severe vision problems which required the use of an amanuensis for his reading and writing. Dwight is best known for his "Theology Explained and Defended" published in 1818. A two volume selection of his sermons was published in 1828.