Lord, Nathan (1792-1870)
American Congregational clergyman and educator. During the American Civil War, his pro-slavery views (unusual in New England) brought him considerable notoriety. Served as President of Dartmouth College from 1828-63.
SIG – Signed bearer’s pass rather faded, dated March 31. He has added “The bearer admitted, N. Lane.” Room for matting.
Although he began as an abolitionist, Lord eventually changed his views toward a pro-slavery stance, basing his change on his strongly held views of sin and divine providence. Regardless of this change, Lord did not prevent African Americans from attending Dartmouth and, in fact, several black students were admitted to the college. Ultimately, his views brought a storm of controversy as the nation entered into the Civil War, earning hin the enmity of several members of the Board of trustees, including Amos Tuck, a founding member of The Republican Party and close friend of Abraham Lincoln. Matters came to a head in 1863 when Lord prevented the granting of an honorary degree to President Lincoln. This resulted in his removal from office. He continued to live as an active member of the Dartmouth College community until his death in 1870.