Noah Thomas Porter III (December 14, 1811 – March 4, 1892) was an American academic, philosopher, author, lexicographer and an outspoken anti-slavery activist. Porter Mountain, of the Adirondack Mountains, was named for him after he was the first to climb it in 1875. He was President of Yale College (1871–1886).
|11th President of Yale University|
|Preceded by||Theodore Dwight Woolsey|
|Succeeded by||Timothy Dwight V|
Noah Porter Jr.
December 14, 1811
|Died||March 4, 1892 (aged 80)|
New Haven, Connecticut
|Alma mater||Yale College|
He was born to Noah Porter Jr. (1781–1866) (one of the first ministers of First Church of Christ, Congregational in Farmington, Connecticut) and his wife, born Mehitable Meigs, in Farmington, Connecticut on December 14, 1811. His younger sister was Sarah Porter, founder of Miss Porter's School, a college preparatory school for girls. He graduated in 1831 from Yale College, where he was a member of the Linonian Society. On April 13, 1836, in New Haven, he married Mary Taylor, daughter of Nathaniel Taylor (who presided over the creation of the Yale Divinity School and created what came to be known as "New Haven theology") and his wife Rebecca Marie Hine. They had several children, and two daughters survived them.
He was ordained as a Congregational minister in New Milford, Connecticut from 1836 to 1843. He served as pastor at a Congregational Church in Springfield, Massachusetts from 1843 to 1846. He was elected professor of moral philosophy and metaphysics at Yale in 1846.
Porter was inaugurated as President of Yale College on Wednesday, October 11, 1871. He continued to serve as head of the college until 1886.
Influenced by the German refugee writer and philosopher Francis Lieber, Porter opposed slavery and integrated an antislavery position with religious liberalism.
His best-known work is The Human Intellect, with an Introduction upon Psychology and the Human Soul (1868), comprehending a general history of philosophy, and following in part the "common-sense" philosophy of the Scottish school, while accepting the Kantian doctrine of intuition, and declaring the notion of design to be a priori. Of great importance were two other works, Elements of Intellectual Science (1871) and Elements of Moral Science (1885).
- Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale University, Yale University, 1891-2, New Haven, pp. 82-83.
- Welch, Lewis et al. (1899). Yale, Her Campus, Class-rooms, and Athletics, p. 445.
- Addresses at the Inauguration of Professor Noah Porter, D.D., LL.D., as President of Yale College,p. 3.
- An American Dictionary of the English Language by Noah Webster, LL.D. Thoroughly Revised, and Greatly Enlarged and Improved, by Chauncey A. Goodrich, D.D. and Noah Porter, D.D. Springfield, MASS: G.& S. Merriam. 1865. Retrieved February 16, 2018 – via Internet Archive.
- Kelley, Brooks Mather. (1999). Yale: A History. New Haven: Yale University Press. ISBN 978-0-300-07843-5; OCLC 810552
- Levesque, George. “Noah Porter Revisited,” History of Higher Education Annual, 26 (2007), 29–66.
- Welch, Lewis Sheldon and Walter Camp. (1899). Yale, Her Campus, Class-rooms, and Athletics. Boston: L. C. Page and Co. OCLC 2191518
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- Civil Liberty: A Sermon, from the Antislavery Literature Project
- The Human Intellect: With an Introduction upon Psychology and the Soul via Google Books.
- Peirce, C. S. (1869), "Professor Porter's Human Intellect" (review), The Nation 8, 211–13 (March 18, 1869). Peirce Edition Project Eprint.
Theodore Dwight Woolsey
| President of Yale College
Timothy Dwight V