Buckminster, J. S. (Joseph Stevens), 1784-1812

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Unitarian clergyman, author, and an Athenaeum founder.

From the description of Papers, 1797-1812. (Boston Athenaeum). WorldCat record id: 14968096

Joseph Stevens Buckminster received his A.B. from Harvard in 1800.

From the description of [Student themes] , 1798-1799. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 77072616

Unitarian minister and Athenaeum founder.

From the description of Papers, 1806 April 24-1807 Aug. 7. (Boston Athenaeum). WorldCat record id: 424506586

Joseph Stevens Buckminster (1784-1812) was an influential Unitarian minister of the Brattle Street Church in Cambridge, Mass. He was instrumental in disseminating German biblical criticism in New England.

Buckminster was born on May 26, 1784 in Portsmouth, NH. He entered Harvard College at the age of thirteen and received an AB in 1800 at the age of sixteen; he received an AM in 1803. Buckminster was ordained as the pastor of Cambridge's Brattle Street Church on January 20, 1805. In 1806 and 1807, he traveled through Europe and collected a library of 3,000 volumes that would become the foundation of the library of the Boston Athenaeum. As a member of the Anthology Club, Buckminster helped found the Boston Athenaeum and also edited and contributed to the Club’s Monthly Anthology, one of America’s earliest literary magazines. In 1811, Buckminster was appointed the Dexter Lecturer of biblical criticism at Harvard, but died before he could begin teaching. Buckminster died on June 9, 1812 in Boston. Buckminster was the son of Joseph Buckminster (Yale AB 1770), and the grandson of Joseph Buckminster (Harvard AB 1734).

From the guide to the Student essays of Joseph Stevens Buckminster, 1798-1799, (Harvard University Archives)

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creatorOf Buckminster, J. S. (Joseph Stevens), 1784-1812. Papers, 1806 April 24-1807 Aug. 7. Boston Athenaeum
referencedIn Lee, Eliza Buckminster, 1794-1864. Letter : Somerville, Mass., to Rev. Charles Lowell, Cambridge, Mass., 1848 July 6. Boston Athenaeum
creatorOf Buckminster, J. S. (Joseph Stevens), 1784-1812. Letter, 1807 April 3, London, to William S. Shaw, Boston. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf Buckminster, J. S. (Joseph Stevens), 1784-1812. Letter, 1807 June 6, London, to William S. Shaw, Boston. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf Buckminster, J. S. (Joseph Stevens), 1784-1812. Letter, 1806 June 9, Liverpool, to William S. Shaw, Boston. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf Buckminster, J. S. (Joseph Stevens), 1784-1812. [Student themes] , 1798-1799. Harvard University, Archives
creatorOf Buckminster, J. S. (Joseph Stevens), 1784-1812. Letter, 1807 June 17, Liverpool, to William S. Shaw, Boston. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Walter, Arthur M. Constitution of the Society, 1805 October 3, Boston. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf Buckminster, J. S. (Joseph Stevens), 1784-1812. Letter, 1807 February 22, London, to William S. Shaw, Boston. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf Sprague, William B., (William Buell), 1795-1876. Collection of speeches and sermons, 1799-1857. Historical Society of Pennsylvania
creatorOf Buckminster, J. S. (Joseph Stevens), 1784-1812. Letter, 1807 May 5, London, to William S. Shaw, Boston. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf Student essays of Joseph Stevens Buckminster, 1798-1799 Harvard University Archives.
creatorOf Kirkland, Samuel, 1741-1808. Papers, 1764-1808. New Hampshire Newsp Project
creatorOf Everett, Alexander Hill, 1790-1847. Letter, 1810 July 28, [Petropoli?], to Rev. J.S. Buckminster, Boston. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Autograph File, B, ca.1500-1976. Houghton Library
referencedIn Houghton Library printed book provenance file, A-D. Houghton Library
referencedIn James Freeman Clarke additional correspondence, 1787-1886. Houghton Library
creatorOf Buckminster, J. S. (Joseph Stevens), 1784-1812. Letter, 1806 December 20-1807 January 10, Paris, to Arthur M. Walter, Boston. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Emerson family correspondence, ca. 1725-1900. Houghton Library
referencedIn Palfrey Family of New England. Palfrey family papers. 1713-1915. Houghton Library
creatorOf Buckminster, J. S. (Joseph Stevens), 1784-1812. Letter, 1807 March 10, London, to William S. Shaw, Boston. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf Buckminster, J. S. (Joseph Stevens), 1784-1812. Papers, 1797-1812. Boston Athenaeum
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associatedWith Clarke, James Freeman, 1810-1888 person
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associatedWith Emerson family. family
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associatedWith Ingram, J. (James), 1774-1850. person
associatedWith Jervis, Thomas, 1748-1833. person
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associatedWith Lee, Eliza Buckminster, 1794-1864. person
associatedWith Maury, Jean Siffrein, 1746-1817. person
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associatedWith Rumford, Benjamin, Graf von, 1753-1814. person
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associatedWith Smith, William, 1756-1835. person
associatedWith Spencer, George John Spencer, Earl, 1758-1834. person
associatedWith Sprague, William B., (William Buell), 1795-1876. person
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associatedWith Webster, Noah, 1758-1843. person
associatedWith Wilberforce, William, 1759-1833. person
associatedWith Williams, Helen Maria, 1762-1825. person
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Birth 1784-05-26

Death 1812-06-09

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