Samuel Andrew

Samuel Andrew
Rector of Collegiate School pro tempore
In office
Preceded by Abraham Pierson
Succeeded by Timothy Cutler
Personal details
Born 29 January 1656
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Died 24 January 1738(1738-01-24) (aged 81)
Milford, Connecticut
Spouse(s) Abigail Treat, Abigail Beach

Rev. Samuel Andrew (29 January 1656 24 January 1738[1]) was an American Congregational clergyman and educator. He was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

He was graduated from Harvard College in 1675.[2] He was a Tutor and Fellow at Harvard, and had assumed the chief responsibilities of Harvard during the administrations of Presidents Oakes and Rogers. He had, in that position, been Tutor to several students who, like him, later became trustees of the Collegiate School: James Pierpont, Samuel Russel, Noadiah Russell and Joseph Webb.[3]

He was ordained minister at Milford, Connecticut on 18 November 1685,[2] and was pastor of the church there for fifty years.

He was one of the ten ministers who pooled their books and resources to found the Collegiate School at Branford, Connecticut in 1701, from which Yale dates its founding.[4]

He was one of the ministers who assembled at Saybrook in 1708 by order of the General Court for the purpose of adopting and recommending to the churches a manual of church discipline called the "Saybrook Platform".[2]

His first wife was Abigail Treat (1660-1727), the daughter of Governor Robert Treat and his first wife Jane Tapp. His second wife was Abigail Beach.

He served as the rector pro tempore of the Collegiate School between 1707 (the death of Rev. Abraham Pierson, the first rector) and 1719. During his tenure the school was renamed Yale College to honor a gift from Elihu Yale, a governor of the British East India Company. Rev. Andrew continued to reside at Milford, loyal to his congregation, teaching the senior students there. He refused to move to New Haven.

On 21 March 1710/11 his daughter Elizabeth married the Rev. Timothy Cutler, who succeeded him as rector of Yale in 1719.[2]

Rev. Andrew is interred at Milford.


  2. 1 2 3 4 The Diary of John Comer, John Comer, edited with notes by C. Edwin Barrows, The Baptist Standard Bearer, Paris, Arkansas, 1893, page 30, note 30.
  3. The Beginnings of Yale (1701-1726), Edwin Oviatt, Yale University Press, New Haven, MDCCCCXVI, page 251.
  4. Though this meeting is part of Yale's founding legend, its historicity has been questioned.
Academic offices
Preceded by
Abraham Pierson
Rector of the Collegiate School
pro tempore

Succeeded by
Timothy Cutler, as Rector of Yale College

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