Lathrop, John

last name (variants): Lothrop
Birth: May 6, 1739 in Norwich, CT
Death: 1816 in Boston, MA
Affiliation

Princeton; Moor's Indian Charity School

Education

Studied theology at Princeton, graduating in 1763, and received honorary degrees from Harvard and Edinburgh.

Faith

Congregationalist

Occupation

Minister

Residence(s)
  • Lebanon, CT (from 1763 to 1765)
  • Boston, MA (from 1768 to 1816)
Marital status

Married Mary Wheatley, January 30, 1771, until her death in 1778; married Elizabeth Sayer, September 14, 1780.

Biography

John Lathrop was mentored by Eleazar Wheelock and taught at Moor's Indian Charity School for several years after his graduation from Princeton. In 1765, he became minister of the Old North Church (Second Church) in Boston. He first wife was Mary Wheatley, who first taught the slave poet Phyllis Wheatley to read and write. John's cousins Daniel and Joshua Lathrop had business dealings with Wheelock and the Charity School.

Sources

McLachlan, "Princetonians, 1748-1768: A Biographical Dictionary" (2015), p. 432-35; Huntington, "A Genealogical Memoir of the Lo-Lathrop Family in This Country" (1884), p. 80-81.