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Henry Harris JESSUP

American Henry Harris JESSUP

American Presbyterian missionary, author, and a founder of the American University of Beirut

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Born: on April 19, 1832 in Montrose, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: on April 27, 1910 in Syria


He was born at Montrose, Pennsylvania, son of the jurist William Jessup (1797–1868). He was the grandfather of noted international jurist and diplomat Philip Jessup. He enrolled at Cortland Academy in Homer, New York for one year before attending Yale University. He graduated from Yale in 1851 and from Union Theological Seminary in 1855 at which point he was officially ordained; he immediately entered the foreign-missionary service of the Presbyterian church.

He spent his first four years of service in Tripoli, Lebanon, devoting much time to leaning Arabic at which he proved extremely deft. He married Caroline Bush during one trip back to America in 1857 and returned to Tripoli within a matter of months.

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