First Fifty Years of Cazenovia Seminary


Madison County

Sketches of Students of First Decade.

  REV. B F. TEFFT, D.D., LL.D., was a student at Cazenovia in 1832. He is a native of Oneida County, New York, graduated at Wesleyan University in 1835, was successively teacher in Maine Wesleyan Seminary, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Church at Bangor, Maine, principal of Providence Conference Seminary, East Greenwich, Rhode Island, and pastor in Boston. Health failing, he traveled south and west. 1843-46 Professor of Greek and Hebrew Languages and Literature in Indiana Asbury University. He received the honorary degree of D.D. from the Ohio Wesleyan University in 1846. The same year he was appointed editor of the "Ladies' Repository," and of the publications of the Western Book Concern, which position he held till 1852; 1851-54 president of Genesee College; delegate to General Conference in 1852. From 1856-61 he was in the pastoral work in Bangor, Maine. During the foregoing periods he had published "Prison Life," "Analysis of Butler's Analogy," "The Shoulder Knot," "Hungary and Kossuth," "Webster and his Masterpieces," "Methodism Successful," and "The Present Crisis."
  In 1849 Dr. Tefft delivered before the Ohio Legislature a lecture on the career of Louis Kossuth. He received from the Madison University, in 1852, the degree of LL.D. In 1861 he was elected chaplain of the First Maine Cavalry; 1862 he was United States Consul at Stockholm, and acting minister to Sweden; 1864 he was commissioner of immigration from the north of Europe for the State of Maine, and was elected member of the Geographical and Statistical Society of New York. A year later he was elected member of the Society of Arts of London, England. In 1873 he was editor of "The Northern Border."

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