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Nott, Eliphaletlocked

(25 June 1773–29 January 1866)
  • Bruce Leslie


Nott, Eliphalet (25 June 1773–29 January 1866), fourth president of Union College, was born in Ashford, Connecticut, the son of Stephen Nott and Deborah Selden, farmers. Nott was reared in New England Congregational society. His grandfather, Abraham Nott, was minister in the Second Congregational Church of Saybrook, Connecticut. The large inheritance he left was dissipated by Eliphalet’s father in failed farming and business ventures. After his mother’s death in 1788, Eliphalet lived with his brother Samuel, a Congregational minister in Franklin, Connecticut, with whom he prepared for college while teaching in a local school. After two years as principal of Plainfield Academy, Nott enrolled at Rhode Island College (now Brown University) in 1795. But after excelling in his entrance examination he was instructed to spend the summer preparing for a special examination. Passing that, he received an M.A. in the fall....

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