Biography and History

Lyman Hotchkiss Atwater was a prominent religious and academic figure, born on February 23, 1813 in New Haven, Connecticut. He began attending Yale University at age 14. During his time at Yale, he experienced a religious reawakening and continued his studies at Yale Divinity School. After leaving Yale, Atwater became a pastor of the First Congregational Church of Fairfield Connecticut and started writing articles to appear in several theological journals. He established himself as a Calvinist and a political and social conservative. He moved to Princeton in 1854 and began lecturing on religion and metaphysics. In 1869 he became a professor of logic, metaphysics, ethics, economics, and politics and remained with the University in this capacity until his death. Atwater worked with the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. for the greater part of his life as well, and continued to write, publishing many articles and one book. He passed away on February 17, 1883 in Princeton, New Jersey.

Source: From the finding aid for C0792

  • Lecture Notes Collection. 1772-1990 (inclusive).

    Call Number: AC052

    This collection contains over 600 sets of student notes taken from lectures given by members of Princeton's faculty. They represent the broad range of courses taught at Princeton University (known as the College of New Jersey prior to 1896) and include the works of numerous famous faculty and students.

  • Lyman Hotchkiss Atwater Papers. 1852-1883 (inclusive).

    Call Number: C0792

    Lyman Hotchkiss Atwater was a nineteenth century theologian and scholar. His papers include lectures, notes, published essays, printed matter, and some correspondence, as well as a volume of lecture notes from Atwater's son, Edward Atwater, and articles authored by various people for The Princeton Review.