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After having graduated from Dartmouth College in 1792, Appleton taught at several institutions including Amherst College and then worked at a parish in Hampton, New Hampshire. In the early 19th century, he received the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity from both Dartmouth and Harvard University.
2nd President of Bowdoin College
In 1807, he was appointed president of Bowdoin, where he remained until he died of tuberculosis in 1819. A congregationalist minister and prominent Christian lecturer, Appleton was notably determined to make Bowdoin students more pious. He worked at the school, right before it reached its full prominence in the 1820s, when Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Franklin Pierce attended. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1810, and was elected a member of the American Antiquarian Society in 1813.
Marriage and Family
He married Elizabeth Means (1780-1844), daughter of Robert Means (1742-1823) and wife Mary McGregor (1752-1838), and was the father of five children who survived through infancy, including Jane who would become First Lady to President Franklin Pierce, and Frances who would marry famed Bowdoin professor Alpheus Spring Packard, Sr. In 1837, Packard went on to edit The Works of Rev. Jesse Appleton, D.D., with a Memoir of His Life and Character. His wife's sister was Mary Means, married on November 6, 1799 to Jeremiah Mason.
- Mary Means Appleton (1801-)
- Elizabeth Frances Appleton (1804-1839) - md famous Bowdoin Professor Alpheus Packard.
- Jane Means Appleton (1806-1863) - Married Franklin Pierce (1804-1869), 14th President of the U.S., at the time making her the youngest First Lady of the United States.
- William Appleton (1808-1830)
- Robert Appleton (1810-1851)
- John Appleton (1814-1817)
- Frances Appleton - who would marry famed Bowdoin professor Alpheus Spring Packard, Sr. In 1837, Packard went on to edit The Works of Rev. Jesse Appleton, D.D., with a Memoir of His Life and Character.
|Offspring of Francis Appleton and Elizabeth Hubbard (1730-1815)|
|Frances Appleton (1759-1849)|| |
|Isaac Appleton (1763-1849)|| |
|Mary Appleton (1764-1820)|| |
|Elizabeth Appleton (1767-1850)|| |
|Jesse Appleton (1772-1819)||17 October 1772 New Ipswich, Hillsborough, New Hampshire||12 November 1819 Brunswick, Cumberland County, Maine|| Elizabeth Means (1780-1844)|
- The Works of Rev. Jesse Appleton, D.D., with a Memoir of His Life and Character - by his son-in-law - Alpheus Packard.
- Jesse Appleton - Wikipedia