PROF. J. M. HOPPIN, NEW HAVEN: Art Professor Yale University.
Professor James Mason Hoppin was born in Providence, R. I., Jan. t7, 182o, and graduated from Yale College in the
class of 1840. This class contained some able thinkers and leaders of the present generation, including the Rev.
Dr. John P. Gulliver, who occupied the presidency of Knox College, at Galesburg, Ill., for a number of year s,
ex-Governor Charles R. Ingersoll, the late Rev. Drs. Henry M. Dexter of Boston, and Lavalette Perrin of this city,
and the Connecticut historian, the late Gideon H. Hollister of Litchfield. Professor Hoppin pursued a thorough
course of theology and was settled as a minister in Salem, Mass., for nine years. He was appointed to a professorship
in the Yale Theological Seminary thirty two years ago, and was an instructor in that institution until 1879. For
the past twelve years he has been connected with the Yale School of Fine Arts as professor of the history of art.
He has studied in Germany, and has traveled extensively through Europe, being one of the most scholarly and polished
representatives of the university. In 1870, the degree of S.T.D. was conferred upon him by Knox College on account
of his exceptional attainments as a theological writer. He has written several books, among them being " Old
England, its Art, Scenery, and People," which passed through eleven editions, "Homiletics," "
Pastoral Theology," and "Sermons upon Faith, Hope, and Love." He is also the author of the "Life
of Rear-Admiral Andrew Hull Foote," one of Connecticut's naval heroes during the war. This varied list was
dealt with in the ablest and most attractive manner, the theological writings being not less enjoyable than the
volumes of biography and travel from his pen. He is also a magazine writer of noted ability. Professor Hoppin is
a good preacher, and his pulpit ministrations during the time that he occupied one of the most important professorships
in the Yale Theological Seminary were of an exceptional order of merit. His sermons as well as his writings are
models of English. The treatise on "Pastoral Theology" is one of the ablest producdons of New England
scholarship, and will ensure Professor Hoppin permanent renown as a theological thinker and scholar. He has the
entree to the most distinguished literary societies throughout the country, while his career as the professor of
the history of art in the great university at New Haven has made him an authority in that field. During his early
years the professor was in the military service of Rhode Island for six weeks on the side of the state in the Don-
insurrection. His wife, who is living, was Miss Mary Deming erkins prior to her marriage. There are two sons, one
of whom, Benjamin Hoppin, graduated from Yale in 1872 and afterwards became an- instructor in the university. Professor
Hoppin is a member of the Yale College church. In politics he is a republican, with a leaning towards the independent
Illustrated Popular Biography
Compiled and Published by J. A. Spalding
Press of the Case, Lockwood & Brainard Co.
Hartford, Conn. 1891
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