Noah Porter, an American scholar, eleventh president of Yale college, born in Farmington, Conn., Dec. 14, 1811. He graduated at Yale college in 1831, taught school in New Haven for two years, and then for two years was tutor in the college. He studied theology there, and in April, 1836, became pastor of the Congregational church in New Milford, Conn. He was pastor of a Congregational church in Springfield, Mass., from 1843 to 1846, when he was chosen Clark professor of metaphysics and moral philosophy in Yale college; and he was elected president of that institution on the retirement of President Woolsey in 1871. He received the degree of D. D. from the university of New York in 1858, and that of LL. D. from Western Reserve college in 1870, and from Trinity college, Hartford, in 1871. He spent a year in Europe in 1853-4, chiefly in Germany. He superintended, as principal editor, the preparation and issue of the new revision of Webster's "American Dictionary of the English Language," which appeared in 1864. The most elaborate of his works is the treatise on "The Human Intellect, with an Introduction upon Psychology and the Soul" (New York, 1868), an abridgment of which was published in 1871. He has also published "The Educational Systems of the Puritans and the Jesuits Compared," a prize essay (New York, 1851); " Books and Reading " (1870); " American Colleges and the American Public" (New Haven, 1870); and "The Sciences of Nature versus the Science of Man" (1871), a review of the philosophical opinions of Herbert Spencer.