Jedediah Morse is noted in history as being an eminent scholar and minister. He is referred to as the "Father of American Geography". During his lifetime he founded the Puritan Theological School of Andover.
Jedidiah Morse (August 23, 1761 – June 9, 1826) was a notable geographer whose textbooks became a staple for students in the United States. He was the father of telegraphy pioneer and painter Samuel F. B. Morse, and his textbooks earned him the sobriquet of "father of American geography."
Jedidiah Morse was descended in the sixth generation from Anthony Morse, who left Marlborough, co. Wilts, England, in 1635, and settled at Newbury, Mass. A native of Woodstock. Conn., he was graduated at Yale College in 1783, in his twenty-second year; and received the Doctorate of Sacred Theology from the University of Edinburgh in 1794. He was the author of "the first Geography ever printed on the American continent," which appeared in New Haven in 1784; after which, for the next five years. he traveled extensively through every State of the Union, to obtain "extensive, minute and reliable geographical information." and embodied the results in a larger "Geography," which, being immediately reprinted in London, Edinburgh and Dublin, and translated into French and German, "greatly promoted migration from Europe to America." and led to correspondence between the author and some of the most eminent men of Great Britain and the Continent. He was distinguished, also, as a leader in the introduction of vaccination into this country, two of his three sons being among the first four persons vaccinated in America: and as one of the earliest friends of American Negroes, whose first actual colonization on the soil of Africa was due to his influence. He was a pioneer in the publication and distribution of religious tracts, and in the distribution of the Bible, before the formation of any Society for either object. He took a leading part in the great religious controversy of the first quarter of the present century in Massachusetts, on the side of old New England orthodoxy, and in the establishment of the Andover Theological Seminary, which grew out of that debate.
In 1820, having resigned his pastorate at Charlestown, and received an appointment from President Monroe as Agent of the United States to visit all the Indian tribes in the neighborhood of white settlements throughout the Union, in order to acquaint himself with their actual condition, "and to devise and report a plan for the promotion of their civilization and welfare," he traveled during two successive summers for this purpose, and afterwards prepared and published a full report of his observations and suggestions, leading the way to the establishment by the Government of an Indian Territory. He spent his last days in retirement in New Haven, Conn., dying there June 9, 1826.
Birth: Aug. 23, 1761 Woodstock Windham County Connecticut, USA Death: Jun. 9, 1826 New Haven New Haven County Connecticut, USA
Father of American Geography and Clergyman.
Son of Dea. Jedidiah Morse and Sarah Child. Married Elizabeth Ann Breese 14 Mar 1789.
Family links: Parents: Jedidiah Morse (1726 - 1819) Sarah Child Morse (1724 - 1805)
Children: Samuel Finley Breese Morse (1791 - 1872)* Sidney Edwards Morse (1794 - 1871)* Richard Cary Morse (1795 - 1868)*
Burial: Grove Street Cemetery New Haven New Haven County Connecticut, USA 
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