(1802–86), born in Massachusetts, graduated from Bowdoin (1824), studied at Andover Theological Seminary, and became professor of Greek at Dartmouth (1831–33) and of Biblical literature at Lane Theological Seminary, Cincinnati (1833–50). He was appointed commissioner for investigating European public schools, and his Report on Elementary Instruction in Europe (1837) had a great effect on American pedagogy. He was later professor of religion at Bowdoin (1850–52) and of sacred literature at Andover (1852–64). His books include Introduction to the Criticism and Interpretation of the Bible (1835) and Origin and History of the Books of the Bible (1867). He was married to Harriet Beecher Stowe.
From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.