Bennet Tyler

The Rev. Bennet Tyler (July 10, 1783 May 14, 1858) was an American Congregational clergyman and educator. He served as president of Dartmouth College between 1822 and 1828. His Reformed theology was called Tylerism, as opposed to the post-Reformed Taylorism of Nathaniel William Taylor.[1]

Bennet Tyler
5th President of Dartmouth College
In office
Preceded byDaniel Dana
Succeeded byNathan Lord
Personal details
Born(1783-07-10)July 10, 1783
Middlebury, Connecticut
DiedMay 14, 1858(1858-05-14) (aged 74)
South Windsor, Connecticut


To succeed President Daniel Dana, Dartmouth Trustees selected Bennet Tyler, a South Britain, Connecticut, minister and graduateof Yale. Tyler was very devout, and he was especially interested in preaching in the College church, letting others do the teaching. He was successful in endowing the first scholarship at Dartmouth, intended for "the education of pious, indigent young men for the ministry". He also stabilized the enrollment, which had plummeted during the Revolutionary War.[2]

It was in 1824, during President Tyler's administration, that Dartmouth admitted its first African-American student, Edward Mitchell, in 1824.[2]

Tyler returned to the ministry after six years as Dartmouth President. He was a founder, theology professor, and president of the Theological Institute of Connecticut, now Hartford Seminary, from 1834 to 1857.[3]


  1. "Tyler, Bennet", in Webster's Biographical Dictionary (1943), Springfield. MA: Merriam.
  2. "Bennet Tyler, 1822-1828". Office of the President, Dartmouth College. 2019. Retrieved September 3, 2019.
  3. "Tyler, Bennet", in Webster's Biographical Dictionary (1943), Springfield, MA: Merriam.

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