Andover Theological Seminary

  • Religion
  • 1807

The oldest graduate school of theology in the U.S. (and oldest graduate school of any sort, for that matter) is the Andover Theological Seminary. It was Boston merchant Samuel Abbot who provided most of the initial financing for the new institution. The widow and son of the founder of Phillips Academy, Phoebe and John Phillips, also made important contributions when they constructed two buildings on the campus of Phillips Academy to house the theological students and administrators and get the seminary launched. Many prominent American pastors, scholars, and theologians came out of Andover, including leaders of numerous other seminaries and colleges.

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