Edward Dorr Griffin, an American divine, born in East Haddam, Conn., Jan. 0, 1770, died in Newark, N. J., Nov. 8, 18:37. He graduated at Yale college in 1790, was licensed to preach in October, 1792, and in 1795 was settled as pastor of the Congregational church in New Hartford, Conn., from which in 1801 he was called to the first Presbyterian church in Newark, N. J., where he remained till 1809. In 1808 he was appointed professor of sacred rhetoric in Andover theological seminary, which office he filled till 1811, when he became pastor of Park street church, Boston. There he delivered a series of lectures in exposition of Calvinistie doctrines, afterward published under the title of "Park Street Lectures," and often reprinted. In 1815 he accepted a call to the second Presbyterian church in Newark. In 1821 he became president of Williams college, Mass., and devoted himself most successfully to its interests till 1836, when he resigned and removed again to Newark. Dr. Griffin was a vigorous writer and an eloquent preacher.
His publications were numerous, consisting chiefly of sermons and addresses, a selection from which, with a memoir of his life by the Rev. Dr. Sprague, was published in 2 vols. in 1839, and an additional volume of sermons in 1844.