The Rev. Nehemiah Strong was born in Northampton, Mass., in the year 1728. In 1755, he received his Bachelor's degree at Yale College, and filled the office of tutor for three years from 1757. Soon after he left the tutorship, he was ordained minister of the church and congregation in the parish of Turkey Hill, now Granby. In 1770, he was elected Professor of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy; and continued in office till his resignation, in December 1781. In 1784, he published at New Haven a work entitled "Astronomy Improved: or a New Theory of the Harmonious Regularity observable in the Mechanism or Movements of the Planetary System." Professor Strong, after leaving the College, was admitted to the bar in the county of Fairfield. He resided some time in New Milford, from which place he removed to Bridgeport, where he died August 12th, 1807, in the 80th year of his age. President Dwight, who was well acquainted with Professor Story, says of him, that he was "a man of vigorous understanding, and possessed very respectable attainments in learning and science." This portrait was painted by Earle. [Pp. 14-15.]
Catalogue of Paintings, belonging to Yale College; deposited in the South Room of the Trumbull Gallery. New Haven: Printed by B.L. Hamlen, Printer to Yale College. 1852.