Biographies

Uncle Ken – A century from now, scholars may find themselves asking how many prodigies there were back in the twentieth century named Kenneth Latourette. It will certainly appear that no one man could have left behind the brilliant record of accomplishment to which that name is attached. Dr. Kenneth Scott Latourette was a world-renowned historian, the author of 83 books.
From Grace Note to Symphony: The Life of William E. Dodge – The life of William E. Dodge was the score of such a symphony, developed by a Composer of infinite care and grace. Its theme could only have been played upon a human heart that had answered Jesus’ “Come, follow me” with a simple Yes.
Bill Borden: Challenge to a Consecrated Life – He was only 25 at his death, yet his life was one of great impact. When news of his death was cabled from Egypt, the Princeton Seminary Bulletin declared, “No young man of his age has ever given more to the service of God and humanity!”
Benjamin Silliman: Father of American Science – Silliman believed that not science but only God’s word could reveal God’s mercy. “In Nature, in God’s creation, we discover only laws, [but] there is associated with natural laws no system of mercy; that dispensation is not revealed in Nature, and is contained in the Scriptures alone.”
David Brainerd, Freshman 1739 – David Brainerd was one Yale student who did not “pass to be forgotten like the rest.” Although he died before age thirty, his biographies are still being printed, and his personal journal is considered a classic in American literature.
Horace Tracy Pitkin: Yale’s First Martyr – Horace Tracy Pitkin lived thirty years. Yet from the time he entered Yale as a freshman in 1888 until 1900 when he died as a martyr in China, Pitkin accomplished more in “twelve glorious years of crowded life” than most people do in a lifetime.
Lord Shaftesbury: God’s Reformer – The room was large, but filling up rapidly. In it were nearly four hundred thieves of every description, from elegant dandies in black coats and white neckcloths, to scarred, fierce-looking toughs without shirts and stockings. Several of the most notorious and experienced stood by the door to deny entrance to any who were not professional criminals. Only two law-abiding citizens were admitted: Thomas Jackson, a London city missionary, and Lord Ashley, heir to the Earldom of Shaftesbury.
Chauncey Goodrich: Yale’s Professor of Compassion and Revival – Academically, Yale needed an overhaul, and one of the first things this new professor did was entirely revamp his department’s curriculum. Goodrich felt men should leave Yale gifted to persuade, whether they became public servants, or spokesmen for God. His lectures on rhetoric become famous, and he has been considered America’s only important rhetorical theorist of the nineteenth century.
Living with All His Might: Jonathan Edwards and the Great Awakening – Despite the oft-depicted caricature of a scowling preacher who conjured up hell’s flames when he preached, Jonathan Edwards was a gentle man who through a lifelong labor of pastoral service quietly established himself as a towering giant in Christian history and Christian thought.
Timothy Dwight and Yale: The Making of a University – Few men have poured out as much for Yale as did Timothy Dwight. He was a prodigious scholar, a brilliant educator, and an educational reformer far ahead of his time. He was the chief architect of Yale as a university.
Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet: Friend to the Deaf – A few years ago, Hollywood released a movie about the deaf, describing them as “Children of a Lesser god.” Fortunately, Thomas H. Gallaudet (Yale, 1805), the man who started education for deaf-mutes in this country, would not have agreed with this characterization. His pupils were to him “immortal souls,” created by the same God who made the hearing. He longed to give them knowledge of Jesus the Savior.