Eliphalet Pearson

Eliphalet Pearson (June 11, 1752 September 12, 1826) was an American educator, the first Preceptor of Phillips Academy (1778–86), and the acting president of Harvard University (1804–06). He also co-founded the American Education Society.[1][nb 1]

Eliphalet Pearson
1st Preceptor of Phillips Academy
In office
Preceded byoffice established
Succeeded byEbenezer Pemberton
Acting President of Harvard University
In office
Preceded byJoseph Willard
Succeeded bySamuel Webber
Personal details
Eliphalet Pearson

(1752-06-11)June 11, 1752
Newbury, Massachusetts
DiedSeptember 12, 1826(1826-09-12) (aged 74)
Greenland, New Hampshire
EducationThe Governor's Academy
Harvard College, 1773

Pearson graduated from Harvard in 1773, where he was a member of the Hasty Pudding, after having attended Dummer Charity School (now known as The Governor's Academy). He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1781.[2]

After the death of Joseph Willard in 1804, Pearson became the interim president of Harvard University. He resigned that post in 1806, when Samuel Webber became president.


  1. The American Society for the Education of Pious Youth for the Gospel Ministry was "organized in 1815 for the purpose of aid in the education of Protestant clergymen." It was renamed "American Education Society" in 1820.[1]


  1. Monroe, Paul (ed.), Cyclopedia of Education, New York: Macmillan via HathiTrust 1911-1913
  2. "Book of Members, 1780–2010: Chapter P" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved July 28, 2014.
Academic offices
Preceded by
Joseph Willard
President of Harvard University

Succeeded by
Samuel Webber
Preceded by
office established
Preceptor of Phillips Academy
Succeeded by
Ebenezer Pemberton

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