Henry Hopkins (clergy)

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Henry Hopkins (30 November 1837 – 28 August 1908) was an American clergyman and a president of Williams College.

Life and career

The son of Mark Hopkins, Henry Hopkins grew up in Williamstown, Massachusetts, and graduated from Williams College in 1858, where he was a member of The Kappa Alpha Society. He studied theology at Union Seminary and was ordained as a minister in 1861.

Hopkins became president of Williams in 1902,[1] following the service of acting president John Haskell Hewitt, and served until his planned retirement in 1908. He died of pneumonia shortly after retiring while traveling in Rotterdam.[2]


  1. Staff report (January 18, 1902). New President for Williams.; Selection of Dr. Henry Hopkins of Kansas City Unanimously Approved by Faculty and Undergraduates. New York Times
  2. Staff report (August 19, 1908). Dr. Henry Hopkins Dies.; Ex-President of Williams College Dead at 'Rotterdam of Pneumonia. New York Times

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