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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 to 06/23/1857
Dickinson Connection: 
Class of 1823


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