Lemuel Haynes, an American clergyman, born in West Hartford, Conn., July 18, 1753, died in Granville, N. Y., Sept. 28, 1834. His father was black and his mother white. The latter abandoned her offspring, who at the age of five was bound out as a servant in a family at Granville, Mass., where he was educated as one of the children. In 1775 he joined the revolutionary army at Roxbury; in 1770 was a volunteer in the expedition to Ticonderoga; after which he returned to Granville and became a farmer. Between this time and 1780 he studied Latin and Greek, and devoted much , attention to theology. In 1780 he received license as a preacher, and was invited to supply the pulpit of a new church in Granville. Here he remained for five years. In 1785 he was ordained, and, after preaching two years in Torrington, Conn., was called to a parish in Rutland, Vt,, where he was settled for 30 years. He afterward preached at Manchester, Vt., about three years; and then at Granville, N. Y., from 1822 till his death. He had great shrewdness, wit, and common sense.
One of his sermons, delivered impromptu in reply to Hosea Ballon, on the subject of Universalism, passed through many editions on both sides of the Atlantic. A memoir of him was published by the Rev. Dr. Cooley.