Thursday, May 23, 2013

Obituary of George Washington Blagden, Class of 1823, from 1885 Obituary Record of Yale College

Obituary of George Washington Blagden, Class of 1823, included in the June 1885 edition of the Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale College.  He was a minister at the Congregational Church in Brighton, Massachusetts and two churches at Boston, Salem Street Church and Old South Church.

See his photograph at the website of the Massachusetts Historical Society.

The last few pages of this booklet are a Summary of the deceased graduates and an index, all pages of which appear at the end of this post.

George Washington Blagden was born in Washington, D.C., October 3, 1802, and entered College in 1820.
After graduation he took the three years' course in Andover Theological Seminary. On the 26th of December, 1827, he was ordained the first pastor of the Congregational Church in Brighton, Mass., then just organized as a result of the prevailing Unitarian controversy. He left this parish to accept a call to the Salem Street (Congregational) Church in Boston, where he was installed, November 3, 1830; and he was dismissed on September 5, 1836, from this engagement, to be installed on the 28th of the same month over the Old South Church, in the same city. He had already developed unusual power as a preacher, and in this important pulpit he sustained himself with honor. He was also a member of the State Constitutional Convention of 1853, and from 1854 to 1859 was one of the Board of Overseers of Harvard University, from which institution he had received a doctorate in divinity in 1850, as well as from Union College in 1849. A colleague pastor was settled in 1857. In 1872 he resigned his charge, continuing, however, to be connected with the church as pastor emeritus until his death. In 1883 he removed to New York City, to spend his remaining days in the home of a married daughter, and there he died very suddenly, of heart-disease, December 17, 1884, in his 83d year.

He married, June 8, 1831, Miriam, younger daughter of the Hon. John Phillips (Harv. 1788), of Boston, who died April 26, 1874. Their children were five sons and three daughters, of whom four sons and a daughter are still living.

From online research, hopefully correct: [corrections and additions welcome!]

The children of Rev. George Washington Blagden and Miriam (Phillips) Blagden were:
  • Anna Blagden, born about July 1832
  • John P. Blagden, born 6 August 1833
  • George Blagden, born about April 1835; married Frances Meredith Dexter; died 1 January 1905
  • Edward Reynolds Blagden, born 10 February 1837 at Cambridge, Massachusetts; married Katherine Peabody Converse; died 9 August 1894 at Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Thomas Blagden, born 28 October 1838 at Boston, Massachusetts; m. Sarah E. Sampson; died 5 November 1892 at New York, New York
  • Samuel Phillips Blagden, born 3 October 1840 at Boston, Massachusetts; married 1) Annie Christine White; 2) Julia Goodman Clark; died 1906 at New York, New York
  • Sally Phillips Blagden, born 14 August 1842; m. Edward C. Sampson. She is the daughter at whose home Rev. Blagden spent his final years.
  • Miriam Blagden, born November 1845; died 1849
If you have corrections and/or information to share, please leave a comment for the benefit of other researchers.


Augustus H. Abernethy, Class of 1864
Adolph Asher, Class of 1872
Robert M. Baker, Class of 1856
T. Jefferson Bassett, Class of 1853
Henry C. Beardslee, Class of 1826
Lewis S. Benedict, Class of 1834
Michael D. Benedict, Class of 1836
Theodore H. Benedict, Class of 1840
Frederick N. Bennett, Class of 1841
James Berdan, Class of 1824
George W. Blagden, Class of 1823
David Booth, Class of 1819
Marius Brandegee, Class of 1843
C. Lewis Brent, Class of 1849
Daniel Chadwick, Class of 1845
Henry Childs, Class of 1846
James H. Clendenin, Class of 1872
George H. Coffey, Class of 1859
Thomas Cowles, Class of 1829
S. Sherwood Day, Class of 1827
Sherman Day, Class of 1826
John DeForest, Class of 1826
James T. Dickinson, Class of 1826
Richard V. Dodge, Class of 1840
George B. Dusinberre, Class of 1855
Aaron R. Dutton, Class of 1837
Barnabas M. Fay, Class of 1833
George W. Fisher, Class of 1859
Samuel A. Fisk, Class of 1844
Samuel H. Fletcher, Class of 1824
Thomas E. Franklin, Class of 1828
William Frazier, Class of 1832
Theodore Gilbert, Class of 1825
George Goodyear, Class of 1824
John M. Gordon, Class of 1830
George M. Hanners, Class of 1823
Winthrop B. Hawks, Class of 1882
Thomas R. Hubbard, Class of 1829
William Hutchison, Class of 1854
Joseph H. Isham, Class of 1865
Thomas H. Jackson, Class of 1850
Barclay Johnson, Class of 1882
Ross Johnston, Class of 1870
Francis E. Kernochan, Class of 1861
Alfred Lambert, Class of 1843
Frank A. Langworthy, Class of 1872
Cortland L. Latimer, Class of 1832
Edward A. Lawrence, Class of 1884
James N. Lea, Class of 1834
Charles A. Lewis, Class of 1829
Allyn C. Loomis, Class of 1883
Oliver E. Lyman, Class of 1876
Darius Mead, Class of 1828
Timothy T. Merwin, Class of 1827
Charles L. Mills, Class of 1835
Hiram Moses, Class of 1825
George C. Murray, Class of 1845
William Norton, Class of 1829
John J. Orton, Class of 1842
Lewis R. Packard, Class of 1856
Francis H. Palmer, Class of 1847
David C. Perry, Class of 1833
Stephen T. Robinson, Class of 1827
Charles M. Runk, Class of 1845
William H. Russell, Class of 1833
Murray C. Shoemaker, Class of 1864
Benjamin Silliman, Class of 1837
Jonathan Silliman, Class of 1817
Elbert J. Smith, Class of 1847
Charles G. Southmayd, Class of 1856
John B. Staples, Class of 1827
Hezekiah Sturges, Class of 1841
Frank H. Taylor, Class of 1878
John L. Taylor, Class of 1835
Chauncey M. Thompson, Class of 1854
Albert Todd, Class of 1836
Charles Tracy, Class of 1832
Alexander C. Twining, Class of 1820
David A. Tyler, Class of 1844
Leonidas C. Vinal, Class of 1880
Jonathan Wales, Class of 1871
Jacob K. Warner, Class of 1850
D. Ellis Willes, Class of 1850
William L. Williamson, Class of 1853
Leonard Withington, Class of 1814
Dexter Witter, Class of 1824
J. Hampden Wood, Class of p1866
Robert W. Wright, Class of 1842
Edward Wurts, Class of 1832

Old South Church at Boston, Massachusetts

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