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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 490

Ripley, Ezra, 1751-1841. Sermons, 1783-1799.

Sermons of Ezra Ripley, minister of the First Parish in Concord, Massachusetts. The papers cover 1783-1799.

Dates

  • 1783-1799.

Extent

1 boxes

Biographical / Historical

Ezra Ripley (1751-1841) was born in Woodstock, Connecticut. He graduated from Harvard College in 1776 and in 1778 he was ordained to the First Parish of Concord, Massachusetts, a position he held for the rest of his life. In 1780 he married Phebe Bliss Emerson, the widow of the parish's previous minister, William Emerson, and in turn, became step-grandfather to Ralph Waldo Emerson. He founded the Concord Lyceum and the Temperance Society in Concord. In 1828 he preached in the Congregational Meetinghouse of Washington, D.C., before President John Quincy Adams, his cabinet, and numerous members of Congress. He interviewed veterans of the 1775 battle with the British at Concord, and these interviews were published as History of the Fight at Concord in 1827.

Acquisition Information

Gift of the Unitarian Universalist Association, 1976.

Related Materials

For further material, please see bMS 64.
Title
Ripley, Ezra, 1751-1841. Sermons, 1783-1799: A Finding Aid.
Author
Andover-Harvard Theological Library
EAD ID
div00490

Repository Details

Part of the Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School Repository

Special Collections at Andover-Harvard Theological Library preserves and makes accessible primary source materials documenting the history of religion and theology, with particular historical emphasis on American liberal religious traditions. Though the historical strengths of the collections have been in the field of Christianity, other religious traditions are increasingly reflected, in step with Harvard Divinity School's evolving focus on global religious studies.

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