Author: Jonathan Todd


Jonathan Todd (1713-1791) was a Congregationalist minister to the church in East Guilford, Connecticut where he labored without interruption for 57 years, ceasing in his ministry only during the last year of his life due to poor health. He was a graduate of Yale College, had multiple of his sermons published during his life, and maintained a vigorous and academic correspondence. Franklin Bowditch Dexter’s Biographical Sketches of the Graduates of Yale College informs us that Todd’s letters to Ezra Stiles (1727-1795), the seventh president of Yale, ranged widely in content from Hebrew textual criticism to astronomy to meteorology. Benjamin Franklin apparently read some of Todd’s meteorology manuscripts to meetings of the Royal Society in London.