Fisk, Wilbur, 1792-1839

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Dates:
Birth 1792-08-31
Death 1839-02-22

Biographical notes:

Wilbur Fisk was born in Brattleboro, Vermont, on August 31, 1792, the son of Isaiah Fisk (1763-1859) and Hanna Bacon (1760-1845). He attended the University of Vermont before graduating from Brown University in 1815. Fisk became a licensed Methodist preacher on March 14, 1818, and worked with several churches in Vermont and Massachusetts. In 1822, he became an elder of the New England Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Between 1825 and 1831, he served as the first president of the Wesleyan Academy in Wilbraham, Massachusetts, and in 1831 he became the first president of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. He represented New England at three Methodist General Conferences, and was an active participant in the American Colonization Society, as well as an advocate for educational societies and temperance reform. He remained at Wesleyan University until his death on February 22, 1839.

From the guide to the Wilbur Fisk collection, Fisk, William collection, 1828-1849, 1829, (William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan)

Virgil David was president of the Lawrenceville Lyceum in Western Pennsylvania.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : New York, to Virgil David, Pikesville, Md., 1838 Sept. 14. (University of Chicago Library). WorldCat record id: 55822276

From the description of Autograph letter signed : New York, to Virgil David, Pikesville, Md., 1838 Sept. 14. (University of Chicago Library). WorldCat record id: 82852476

Willbur Fisk (1792-1839) was a Methodist minister and the first president of Wesleyan University.

From the description of Willbur Fisk papers, 1812 - 1883. (Wesleyan University). WorldCat record id: 694101280

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Subjects:

  • Learned institutions and societies--History--19th century
  • Minerals--Collection and preservation
  • Scientific apparatus and instruments--History--19th century
  • Manuscripts, American
  • Slavery and the church--Methodist Episcopal Church
  • African Americans--Colonization
  • Women--Education--United States
  • Education--United States--History--19th century

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  • United States (as recorded)
  • Wilbraham (Mass.) (as recorded)
  • Pennsylvania (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • Pennsylvania (as recorded)