Edwards, Jonathan (1745)

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Edwards, Jonathan (1745) Gender: M
born on 26 May 1745 Jul.Cal. (6 June 1745 greg.) at 21:30 (= 9:30 PM )
Place Northampton, Massachusetts, 42n20, 72w39
Timezone LMT m72w39 (is local mean time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 16°18' s_mo.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 14°51 Asc.s_capcol.18.gif 14°26'

Jonathan (1745) Edwards


American theologian and linguist.

He graduated from Princeton in 1765, then studied theology under Joseph Bellamy, of Bethlehem, Connecticut. He was a tutor in Princeton (1767–69) and a pastor in New Haven, Connecticut (1769–95). After serving as pastor in Colebrook, Connecticut (1795–99), he went to Schenectady, New York, to serve as president of Union College.

As a theologian, his fame rests upon his reply to Charles Chauncy upon the salvation of all men, in which he defended the usual evangelical doctrine, his reply to Samuel West's Essays on Liberty and Necessity, in which he largely modified his father's theory of the will by giving it a liberal interpretation, and upon his sermons on the atonement. Unlike his father, who was a slave-owner, Jonathan Jr. supported abolition of the slave trade and of slavery.

Edwards was a pioneer in the historical linguistics of Native North America. He was raised in the community of Stockbridge, Massachusetts, where Indian speakers of the Mahican language were in the majority, and he was fluent in that language. In 1787, Edwards published a study of the Mohegan language.

Jonathan Edwards, the younger, died on 1 August 1801, aged 56, at Schenectady.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • sibling relationship with Edwards, Pierpont (born 8 April 1750 Jul.Cal. (19 Apr 1750 greg.))


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes father's record in family bible transcribed in Jonathan Edwards, Henry Rogers, and Sereno Edwards Dwight, "The Works of Jonathan Edwards" (1839), p. cclxxiv: "My son Jonathan was born on a sabbath-day night, May 26, 1745, between 9 and 10 o'clock, and was baptized the sabbath following."


  • Vocation : Humanities+Social Sciences : Linguist
  • Vocation : Religion : Other Religion