Anderson, Martin Brewer
- Bruce A. Kimball
Anderson, Martin Brewer (12 February 1815–26 February 1890), college president, was born in Brunswick, Maine, the son of Martin Anderson, a shipwright and schoolteacher, and Jane Brewer. During his youth, Anderson labored in a shipyard to augment the small family income and to save money for his education. His mother infused him with Baptist piety. Inspired by personal religious experience at age eighteen, Anderson went to the Baptist college in Waterville (now Colby College) in 1836, where he worked in various jobs to pay his way while studying the conventional, antebellum curriculum to prepare for the ministry. Upon graduating in 1840 with an A.B., he entered Newton Theological Institution in Massachusetts, but finding it a “dull, lonesome” place, he left after a year. Returning to his alma mater, Anderson served as an instructor from 1841 to 1843 and professor of rhetoric until 1850. Meanwhile, he met Elizabeth Gilbert, a woman from a prominent family in New York, and the two were married in 1848. They had no children....