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Cyrus Hamlin
  • Born: 5 Jan 1811, Waterford ME
  • Died: 8 Aug 1900, Portland ME

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  Events in his life were:

  • Apprenticed in 1827 to Charles Farley in Portland ME
    Though listed as a silversmith by several references, this appears to be the extent of his involvement in the trade. By 1830, he was a student at Bridgton Academy and Bowdoin College (BA in 1834, MA in 1837), where he became a student assistant to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. While at Bowdoin, Hamlin established himself as a radical scientific and social thinker and built the first steam engine seen in Maine, which is preserved at the Owls Head Transportation Museum in Rockland, Maine.

    Hamlin completed his studies for the ministry at Bangor Theological Seminary (1837) and became a missionary in Turkey (1838-1860), where he worked with the Armenian minority and established a progressive school, Bebek Seminary, for Armenian boys. In 1860, Hamlin established Robert College in Constantinople, serving as its president until 1877.

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