Thomas Jefferson, an American clergyman, born in Reading, Windsor co., Vt., Jan. 9, 1804. He graduated at Middlebury college in 1829, studied for the ministry, and in 1830 took charge of a Universalist society in New York. In 1845 he became the principal of the Clinton liberal institute, Oneida co., N. Y., and also taught classes in theology. In 1852 he resumed his former charge in New York, and soon afterward held a public debate with the Rev. Isaac Westcott, a Baptist clergyman, which was published under the title, "Discussion of the Doctrine of Universal Salvation" (12mo, 1854). He aided in founding the theological school at Canton, N. Y., and in the establishment of Tufts college at Medford, Mass., in which since 1869 he has been professor of theology. Harvard university conferred upon him the degree of D. D., and the Leipsic theological historical society has made him one of its members.
Caroline M. (Fisher), an American author, wife of the preceding, born in Newton, Mass., Dec. 8, 1812. Her contributions to the youth's department of the "Christian Messenger" have been collected in a series of volumes. She has edited the "Rose of Sharon," a Universalist annual, and the "Boston Repository," a Universalist monthly magazine, published many poems, and made numerous translations from the French and German.