Timothy Dwight School in Fairfield is named for a local theologian who lived, worked and died in Connecticut 200 years ago. Timothy Dwight was also an educator and poet, and was even the eighth president of Yale University. He died on Jan. 11, 1817.
According to the Connecticut History website, “Dwight entered Yale at age 13 and upon graduation served as the rector for the Hopkins Grammar School before returning to Yale as a tutor. It was while at Yale that Dwight, along with Joel Barlow, David Humphreys, and John Trumbull — the ‘Hartford Wits’ — began using poetry and satire to push at conventions and explore the ideas of a new American nation. A supporter of the Revolutionary War, but unable to fight as an ordained minister, Dwight enlisted as chaplain to the First Connecticut Brigade of the Continental army where he used his sermons and self-composed war songs — most notably Columbia — to inspire the troops.”