08 August 2011
Among the Turks by Cyrus Hamlin, New York American Tract Society, 1877
Cyrus Hamlin (January 5, 1811 – August 8, 1900) was an American Congregational missionary and educator, the father of A. D. F. Hamlin.
Hamlin was born in Waterford, Maine. He graduated from Bowdoin College in 1834 and from Bangor Theological Seminary in 1837. The Hamlins were a prominent nineteenth-century Maine family which also produced . . .
a Vice President of the United States (Hannibal Hamlin) and at least two Civil War generals, one of whom was also named Cyrus Hamlin.
He promptly left the United States in 1838 as a missionary under the American Board, arriving in Turkey in January 1839. In 1860, he began the work of establishing Robert College in Istanbul, Ottoman Empire. He served as its president until an unfortunate conflict in 1876, which forced his return to the United States where he served as professor of dogmatic theology at Bangor Theological Seminary.
He was elected president of Middlebury College in Vermont in 1880. His term was short, lasting only until 1885. However, Hamlin's guidance brought the College back from the brink of collapse and began a recovery process that would ultimately lead to unprecedented growth in the early years of the 20th Century. Hamlin resolved severe disciplinary issues inherited from his predecessor and personally contracted critical upgrades to the physical plant. However, the most significant event of Hamlin's administration—one that would prove key in maintaining Middlebury's stability later on—was the college's decision to accept women in 1883. Hamlin was seventy-four by 1885 when he unsurprisingly retired.
He published Among the Turks (1878) and My Life and Times in Turkey (1893). Hamlin Hall at Robert College, as well as Hamlin Hall in Middlebury College's Freeman International Center are named after him.
For many years, he lived in Lexington, Massachusetts. He is buried in Lexington's Munroe Cemetery.
Chapter I. Origin Of The Empire. A.D. 1300.
Chapter II. Growth Of The Empire.
Chapter III. Empire Of 1839.
Chapter IV. Accession Of Abdul Medjid.
Chapter V. Bebek Seminary.
Chapter VI. Religious Freedom.
Chapter VII. The Old Oriental Life.
Chapter VIII. Dethronement Of Sultans.
Chapter IX. Halet Effendi And Janizaries.
Chapter X. Anathema And Its Results.
Chapter XI. Tour Into Southern Macedonia.
Chapter XII. Morse's Telegraph.
Chapter XIII. Secular Employments.
Chapter XIV. Industries And Interdicts.
Chapter XV. Crimean War.
Chapter XVI. Church-Building.
Chapter XVII. The Bulgarians.
Chapter XVIII. Education.
Chapter XIX. Robert College.
Chapter XX. Plague, Cholera, Malaria.
Chapter XXI. Mohammedan Law.
Chapter XXIII. Signs Of Progress.
Among The Turks