Young, John Clarke

John Clarke Young, detail

Young was an 1823 Dickinson graduate who spent his life as a Presbyterian pastor and educator. A Pennsylvanian, he spent most of his adult life in Kentucky, rescuing Centre College in Danville from extinction in 1830 and serving as its president for 27 years. A slaveholder who favored gradual emancipation rather than abolition, he lectured on the subject and freed several of his own slave families.

Life span
08/12/1803—06/23/1857
Dickinson Connection:
Class of 1823

Life Summary

Full name
  John Clarke Young
Place of Birth
Birth Date Certainty
  Exact
Death Date Certainty
  Exact
Gender
  Male
Race
  White
Origins
  Free State
No. of Spouses
  2
No. of Children
  10
Family
 
John Young (father), Mary Clarke Young (mother), Frances Breckinridge (first wife), Cornelia Crittenden (second wife)
Education
  Dickinson (Carlisle College)
  Other
Other Education
  Columbia College, NY; Princeton Theological Seminary
Occupation
  Clergy
  Educator
Relation to Slavery
  Slaveholder who freed slaves
Church or Religious Denomination
  Presbyterian

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