Leonard Woods

Leonard Woods, Chapel Cemetery, [[Phillips Academy Andover Leonard Woods (June 19, 1774 – August 24, 1854) was an American theologian. He was widely known for upholding orthodox Calvinism over Unitarianism.

In 1796, Woods graduated from Harvard, and was soon ordained pastor in 1798 of the Congregational Church at West Newbury, MA. He was the first professor of Andover Theological Seminary and between 1808 and 1846, occupied the seminary's chair of Christian theology. He helped establish several societies including the American Tract Society, the American Education Society, the Temperance Society, and the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. Woods was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1812.

Woods was also an influential and outspoken proponent of slavery in the run-up to the American Civil War. His tract, ''Conscience and Constitution'', argued slavery was a divinely sanctioned institution. He helped organize a petition drive among ministers to support the Compromise of 1850 and help stamp out antislavery clergy. Provided by Wikipedia
Author: Woods, Leonard, 1774-1854.
Published 1835
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