Henry Brown Hosford was born in Williamstown on December 17, 1817. He remained in Williamstown for the first part of his adult life, graduating from Williams College (class of 1843) Phi Beta Kappa and the valedictorian of his class. He delivered his valedictorian oration at commencement on the subject of ? Independence and Obedience.?
Following his graduation, Hosford was a tutor at Williams for three or four years, and the principal of Hopkins Academy until he began preaching at local Presbyterian churches in Jordan, N.Y., and Sunderland, Mass. In 1850, Hosford married Mary Eliza Plant of New Hartford, N.Y. in her hometown. The couple would later have seven children. Hosford eventually quit preaching because of poor health, and he moved to Western Reserve University in Hudson, Ohio, where he taught Mental Philosophy and Rhetoric. He resigned in 1860 from the University but continued to preach in vacant pulpits when given the chance. During the Civil War, Rev. Hosford was a hospital visitor with the U.S. Sanitary Commission in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Hosford died in Ohio on February 27, 1889.
Obituary Record, 1888-1889
Class Reports, Class of 1843
Durfee, Rev. Calvin. Biographical Annals of Williams. Boston, 1870.