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Cyrus Hamlin

Born: Jan 5, 1811

Death: Aug 8, 1900

Birthplace: Waterford

Nationality: United States

Cyrus Hamlin

Date of Birth : Jan 5, 1811
Date of Death : Aug 8, 1900
Birth Place : Waterford

Cyrus Hamlin was an American Congregational missionary and educator, the father of A. D. F. Hamlin. Hamlin was born in Waterford, Maine and grew up on his family's farm estate. At sixteen, he entered an apprenticeship as a silversmith and jeweler in Portland, Maine before deciding to enter the ministry. He first attended Bridgton Academy before heading to college. 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 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 of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, arriving in Turkey in January 1839. Hamlin helped found Bebek Seminary in 1840 as part of his outreach to Armenians. Hamlin established a workshop at Bebek to teach his students marketable trades, to help alleviate their severe poverty. From this workshop sprung a baking business, by which Hamlin became the primary provider of bread to the British Army hospital in Istanbul during the Crimean War.

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