Keep, Nathan Cooley
- Malvin E. Ring
Keep, Nathan Cooley (23 December 1800–11 March 1875), dental scientist and educator, was born in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, the son of Samuel Keep and Anne Bliss, farmers. His early education at the local village school was relatively meager. His family was intensely religious, and several family members were active in the Congregational church. He shared his father’s interest in and skill with the use of tools and appeared destined for a career as an artisan. When Keep was sixteen his father apprenticed him to John Taylor, a jeweler in Newark, New Jersey, even though young Nathan’s first choice was to become a schoolteacher. As a dutiful son, he followed his father’s wishes and stayed with his indentureship. However, a general business slump in 1821 forced Taylor to lay him off after only five years....