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Jesse Appleton was born 17 October 1772 in New Ipswich, Hillsborough, New Hampshire to Francis Appleton (1733-1816) and Elizabeth Hubbard (1730-1815) and died 12 November 1819 in Brunswick, Cumberland County, Maine of unspecified causes. He married Elizabeth Means (1780-1844) 25 April 1800 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts. Ancestors are from the United Kingdom.


Biography

Jesse Appleton was the second president of Bowdoin College and the father of First Lady Jane Pierce. Connected to the Appleton Family of Boston Brahmin caste status.

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,[1] and was elected a member of the American Antiquarian Society in 1813.[2]

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.

  1. Mary Means Appleton (1801-)
  2. Elizabeth Frances Appleton (1804-1839) - md famous Bowdoin Professor Alpheus Packard.
  3. 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.
  4. William Appleton (1808-1830)
  5. Robert Appleton (1810-1851)
  6. John Appleton (1814-1817)
  7. 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.




Children


Offspring of Jesse Appleton and Elizabeth Means (1780-1844)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Mary Means Appleton (1801-)
Elizabeth Frances Appleton (1804-1839) 1804 Brunswick, Cumberland County, Maine 2 June 1839 Alpheus Spring Packard (1798-1884)

Jane Means Appleton (1806-1863) 12 March 1806 Hampton, New Hampshire, United States 2 December 1863 Andover, Massachusetts, United States Franklin Pierce (1804-1869)

William Appleton (1808-1830)
Robert Appleton (1810-1851)
John Appleton (1814-1817)

Siblings


Offspring of Francis Appleton and Elizabeth Hubbard (1730-1815)
Name Birth Death Joined with
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)

References

  • 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

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