Title

Profile of Reverend Jonathan Fisher of Blue Hill (1768-1847), a scholar, artist,

Authors

Joseph E. Brown

Source

Down East

Date

9-1-1995

Pages

44-47, 61-63

Abstract

Profile of Reverend Jonathan Fisher of Blue Hill (1768-1847), a scholar, artist, inventor and amateur scientist. In 1795, the town of Blue Hill invited Fisher to become the pastor of its new Congregational church, where he served for four decades. Fisher's mark on the physical and intellectual landscape of Blue Hill was significant. He built the town's first windmill and used it to power a sawmill he added. He was a lay lawyer, concocted medicinal home remedies, and was a scholar of several languages, including the Penobscot Indian dialect of the tribe which camped for years near the Blue Hill village. A rigid Calvinist in the pulpit, Fisher was a surprisingly liberal champion of civil rights, opposing slavery and advocating better treatment of the American Indian. Fisher built his own house, which is now operated as a historic home museum.

Subjects

Artists, Clergy, Inventors, Fisher, Jonathan, 1768-1847

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