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Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography/Appleton, Jesse

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APPLETON, Jesse, educator, b. in New Ipswich, N. H., 17 Nov., 1772; d. in Brunswick, Me., 12 Nov., 1819. After graduation at Dartmouth college he spent two years in teaching at Dover and Amherst, then studied theology, and was ordained pastor at Hampton, N. H., in February, 1797, notwithstanding his Arminian tendencies, which were considered heretical at that time. At his suggestion the “Piscataqua Evangelical Magazine” was published, and while at Hampton he served as trustee of Phillips Exeter academy, and was a member of the academy of arts and sciences. His daughter married President Franklin Pierce. He was in great demand as a preacher on occasions of importance. A volume of his addresses, with a biographical sketch by the Rev. Dr. Nichols, of Portland, was published in 1820. Two years later his lectures and occasional sermons were published, with a memoir by the Rev. B. Tappan. These and other writings were collected in a two-volume edition, entitled “The Works of Jesse Appleton, D. D.” (Andover, 1836).