Huntington Lyman

Huntington Lyman was born on April 25, 1803, in East Haddam, Connecticut. He was the son of Rev. William and Rhoda (Huntington) Lyman. He went to Lane Seminary in 1833. He came to Oberlin with the Lane Rebels and Graduated from Oberlin Seminary in 1836. He was ordained in Elyria in 1836. He married Frances Kingman on April 25, 1839, and his son Theodore Weld Lyman was born on January 7, 1840.

After he was ordained, Huntington Lyman held many ministerial positions in New York state, including at Buffalo, Arcade, Warsaw, Jordan, and Truxton. Along with many of the Lane Rebels and abolitionists of his day, he worked for American Anti-Slavery Society traveling and lecturing. In 1845 he went to Sheboygan Wisconsin. He lived there for 15 years where he ministered and worked as an agent for Beloit College.

At age 60, Lyman moved back to New York, and he lived in Marathon for 12 years. After retiring from ministering full time in 1880, he would give occasional sermons and corresponded with missionaries “the world over” “endeavoring to cheer all who were hopefully in the right way, in India, China, Japan, Corea, Alaska, and Utah.”

His wife Frances died on August 9, 1889, at age 82. Huntington Lyman died on Sept 25, 1900, in Cortland, New York

Primary sources:

  • "Lane Seminary Rebels," address delivered by Huntington Lyman at Oberlin Jubilee Celebration, 1883. [Note: This file is in pdf and requires Adobe Reader to open.]

  • Excerpt of Letter from H. Lyman to Bro. Frost, from Cortland, NY, Jan 28, 188[4 or 7]:
    “My commission to which you refer as now under glass at Oberlin, was one of a batch issued by the American Anti-Slavery Society at, or, about the same time, by which a dozen of us were employed as lecturers to propagate abolition sentiment. I shall not be able to recall the names of those apostles, the following are the names in part
Theodore D. Weld
Edward Weed
James A. Thome
H. Lyman
Henry B. Stanton
Marius R. Robinson
George Whipple
John Alvord ”