Herman Daggett
Born(1766-09-11)September 11, 1766
Walpole, Massachusetts, U.S.
DiedMay 19, 1832(1832-05-19) (aged 65)
OccupationAnimal rights activist

Herman Daggett (September 11, 1766 – May 19, 1832) was an American Presbyterian minister and early animal rights writer.


Daggett was born on September 11, 1766, at Walpole, Massachusetts.[1][2] He was the son of physician Ebenezer Daggett, brother of Naphtali Daggett.[1] He moved to Wrentham as a boy. Daggett attended Brown University in 1784 and graduated in 1788.[1] He studied theology under Nathanael Emmons.[3] Daggett became a licensed Congregational preacher in 1789.[1][4] He preached at Long Island and Southampton. He joined the pastoral office on April 12, 1792.[1] He married Sarah, daughter of Colonel Mathewson on September 3, 1792.[1] He resigned from Southampton and joined the pastoral care of the West Hampton church. He held this position from 1797 to 1801.[1] He became pastor of the church at Fire Place and Middle Island in Brookhaven until 1807.[1] After this he preached at New Canaan, Connecticut and North Salem, New York. Daggett was President (1818–1824) of the Foreign Mission School in Cornwall, Connecticut.[1][4] Daggett died on May 19, 1832.[2]

Animal rights

On September 7, 1791, Daggett gave a lecture at Providence College (now Brown University) entitled "The Rights of Animals: An Oration" which was one of the earliest calls for animal protection in the United States.[5][6][7] The lecture was his master's thesis and was printed in 1792 by David Frothingham.[5] It has been described as "the first known American treatise on animal rights".[8] It was re-printed by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in 1926.[citation needed]

Selected publications

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Sprague, William B. (1859). Annals of the American Pulpit, Volume 2. New York: Robert Carter & Brothers. pp. 291–294
  2. ^ a b Pelletreau, William S. (1903). History of Long Island: From its Earliest Settlement to the Present Time, Volume 2. New York: The Lewis Publishing Company. p. 304
  3. ^ Blake, Mortimer. (1853). A Centurial History of the Mendon Association of Congregational. Boston: Sewall Harding. pp. 239–240
  4. ^ a b Historical Catalogue of Brown University. (1895). Press of P. S. Remington & Co. p. 33
  5. ^ a b Pelletreau, William S. (1903). History of Long Island: From its Earliest Settlement to the Present Time, Volume 2. New York: The Lewis Publishing Company. p. 512
  6. ^ Iacobbo, Karen; Iacobbo, Michael. (2004). Vegetarian America: A History. Praeger Publishing. p. 5-6. ISBN ISBN 0-275-97519-3
  7. ^ Phelps, Norm. (2007). The Longest Struggle: Animal Advocacy from Pythagoras to PETA. Lantern Books. pp. 87–88. ISBN 978-1-59056-106-5
  8. ^ Linzey, Andrew; Clarke, Paul Barry. (2004). Animal Rights: A Historical Anthology. Columbia University Press. p. 188. ISBN 978-0-231-13421-7
  9. ^ Daggett, Herman. "The rights of animals: an oration, delivered at the commencement of Providence-College, September 7, 1791. / By Herman Daggett, candidate for the master's degree. ; [One line of Scripture text]". Retrieved May 2, 2020.
  10. ^ Daggett, Herman (1841). "The American reader: consisting of familiar, instructive, and entertaining stories: selected for the use of schools". W. Wilson. Retrieved 2 May 2020.