1673–1745, American Presbyterian clergyman and educator, b. Ireland, grad. Univ. of Edinburgh, 1695. He was ordained in the Church of Ireland in 1706. He emigrated to America c.1718; in 1726 he was called to a pastorate in Neshaminy, Pa., where he stayed the remainder of his life. Here, in a log cabin, Tennent established a school that became famous as the Log College. He filled his pupils with evangelical zeal, and a number became revivalist preachers in the Great Awakening
. The educational influence of the Log College was of importance since many of its graduates founded schools along the frontier. Princeton is regarded as a successor to the Log College.
See T. Murphy, The Presbytery of the Log College (1889); A. Alexander, The Log College (1968).
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