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George W. Eaton papers, A1029

Identifier: A1029

Scope and Contents

The George W. Eaton papers consist mostly of correspondence, including letters written by and addressed to Eaton. Approximately half are letters written by George Eaton to his wife Eliza and other members of the Eaton family, which range in date from the 1830s to the early 1870s. The remaining correspondence dates mostly from Eaton's time at Madison University prior to becoming president in 1856 and includes correspondence with other faculty and administrators at Madison University, such as Nathaniel Kendrick and James B. Colgate.

Also included are ledgers containing some of Eaton's sermons and addresses and a memorial written in his honor.


  • Creation: 1789-1913

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Biographical note

George W. Eaton was the third president of Madison University, serving from 1856-1868. While at Madison, which later became Colgate University, he was also a professor of ecclesiastical history (1837-1850), biblical theology (1850-1859), doctrinal theology (1859-1861), homiletics and practical theology (1861-1865), homiletics and history of Christian doctrine (1865-1867), and homiletics and practical theology (1867-1871). He was president of the Seminary at Madison University from 1861-1871 and Professor Emeritus of practical theology from 1871-1872. He died in Hamilton on August 3, 1872.

George Washington Eaton was born on July 3, 1804 in Huntington, Pennsylvania. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1829 from Union College, his DD in 1844, and his LLD from Union University Tennessee in 1861. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, a tutor at Union College from 1829-1830, and a professor of ancient languages at Georgetown College (Kentucky) from 1831-1833.

Elmer William Smith, ed., Colgate University General Catalogue, vol. 2, (Hamilton, NY: Colgate University, 1939), 5.


2.25 Cubic Feet

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Books found in this collection were removed and catalogued separately.

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Guide to the George W. Eaton papers
Lisa King, Sharlene Disla, and Allyson Smally
February 16, 2015
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives, Colgate University Libraries Repository

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