Laurens Perseus Hickok was born on 29 December 1798 in Bethel, Connecticut, and died on 7 May 1888 in Amherst, Massachusetts. While still in high school, he opened and taught at a private school in Bethel. In 1818 he entered the junior class of Union College, graduating with a BA in 1820. He studied theology with mentors William Andrews of Danbury and Bennet Tyler of South Britain, Connecticut. Tyler was an “old school” Calvinist who later became the President of Dartmouth College. In 1822 Hickok married Elizabeth Taylor; they had no children. Hickok was ordained in 1824 at the church in Kent, Connecticut, where he served as pastor until 1829, when he was called to succeed Lyman Beecher in the pulpit of the Congregational church in Litchfield, Connecticut.
From The Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers in Oxford Reference.