Cyrus Hamlin

1811-1900. American Congregational missionary and educator. Born near Waterford, Maine, he graduated from Bowdoin College (1831) and Bangor Theological Seminary (1837). He went to Turkey under the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. In 1840 he founded a seminary at Bebek. He resigned from the American Board and in 1863 opened Robert College, later moving it to Constantinople. Roberts, the school's benefactor, was persuaded because of a misunderstanding to dismiss Hamlin as college president in 1877. Hamlin then taught at Bangor Seminary for three years, became president of Middlebury College, Vermont, in 1881, and retired in 1885. He published Among the Turks (1878) and My Life and Times (1893).