Zephaniah Swift Moore (Zephaniah Swift Moore)

Zephaniah Swift Moore

Educator, Religious Leader. He grew up in Wilmington, Vermont and attended Clio Hall, a private academy in Bennington. He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Dartmouth College and became a Congregational clergyman, serving as Minister of the church in Leicester, Massachusetts for eleven years. Moore was a highly regarded religious leader, with several of his sermons being published in pamphlet form, some of which are still studied today. In 1811 he returned to Dartmouth as Professor of Latin, Greek, and Hebrew. In 1815 Moore was chosen President of Williams College, the second person to hold this position.  He resigned in 1821 to found Amherst College, of which he was the first President.  Having been well-respected and popular in his previous position, several Williams College students and faculty followed him to the new college.  Moore received the Doctor of Divinity degree from both Dartmouth and Williams.  Amherst and Williams Colleges still maintain a rivalry that began when Moore resigned the presidency of Williams.  Since 1997 Amherst has presented the annual Phebe and Zephaniah Swift Moore Awards to honor outstanding high school teachers and counselors. (bio by: Bill McKern)  Family links:  Spouse:  Phebe Drury Moore (1771 – 1857)


  • November, 20, 1770
  • USA


  • June, 06, 1823
  • USA


  • West Cemetery
  • Massachusetts
  • USA

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