Peabody, Andrew Preston
- Robert D. Cross
Peabody, Andrew Preston (19 March 1811–10 March 1893), Unitarian minister and college professor, was born in Beverly, Massachusetts, the son of Andrew Peabody, a teacher, and Mary Rantoul. Tutored by relatives and neighbors, he early mastered Greek, Latin, and French and began the study of German and Hebrew. His long hours of study developed in him an excellent memory. He was able to enter Harvard as a junior at the age of thirteen and to graduate, two years later, as one of the youngest ever to receive a Harvard degree. For the next three years he taught in schools in Pennsylvania and New England, then enrolled in the Divinity School at Harvard. After graduating in 1832 and tutoring in mathematics at Harvard for a year, he was called to serve in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, as junior pastor in the prestigious South Parish. His senior colleague died almost immediately, and Peabody led the church until 1860. In 1836 he married Catherine Whipple Roberts; they had eight children....