Suicide of Professor Jewett (1907)

THE shocking intelligence is contained in a Los Angeles (Cal.) telegram of August 26th of the death, apparently by suicide, on that date, of the Rev. Edward H. Jewett, D.D., LL.D., professor emeritus of pastoral theology in the General Theological Seminary. Dr. Jewett, according to this report, was on Manhattan Beach, some 18 miles from Los Angeles, and in the presence of hundreds of pleasure seekers, cut his throat from ear to ear with a razor, killing himself almost immediately. He had been suffering from despondency and chronic melancholia and it cannot be doubted that if, as seems to be the case, the report is true, he was insane at the time of committing the deed.

Dr. Jewett was one of the most eminent theologians of the American Church during the years of his prime. He was horn in Nottingham, England, in 1830, the son of William and Elizabeth Jewett. Coming in childhood to this country, he received his collegiate education at Hobart College, graduating in 1855, and at the General Theological Seminary in 1856. He had received the degrees of A.M. and LL.D. from Hobart and that of D.D. from the General Theological Seminary and from Racine College. He was ordained deacon in 1856 and priest in 1857 by Bishop De Lancey of Western New York, and spent his early ministry as rector successively at Norwich, Conn., Forestport and Boonville, N. Y., and Dayton, Ohio. For a long term of years he was professor of pastoral theology at the General Theological Seminary, and for several years past has been retired as professor emeritus. He was author of a volume on Communion Wine, published in 1856, and of the Bishop Paddock lectures entitled Diabology, published in 1889.

The intelligence of Dr. Jewett’s death will be a great shock to hundreds of past students at the General Theological Seminary, where he was always revered by all who came in contact with him.

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