Timothy Dwight, the eldest son of President Dwight, was born at Stratford, Conn., March 29th, 1778. In 1794 he went to New York, and after residing there six or seven years and acquiring a knowledge of mercantile business, he removed to New Haven where he continued in the same employment for the rest of his life. He died in this city, June 13th, 1844, aged 66. He was a man of vigorous intellect, improved by study, and his services to the church and community of which he was a member, were of great value. In the year 1822, when an effort was made to establish on a permanent basis a Theological Department in Yale College, Mr. Dwight contributed $5000 to the fund for founding a Professor-ship of Didactic Theology, and pledged himself to give another equal sum should it be needed in order to complete the requisite amount. His prompt and generous aid secured the desired result, and it was not found necessary to call for the sum thus conditionally pledged. The portrait was painted by Shegogue, and was presented in 1846 by Messrs. T.D. And T.W. Porter, of New York City. [P. 21.]
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.