John Pierpont, to whose home his broken father came for refuge, was the first one of the family to cross the seas. He settled at Roxbury in 1640 and purchased a large tract of land, calling a part of it Dorchester in honor of his second cousin, Henry Pierrepont, in England, who had succeeded his father. Robert, as second Earl of Kingston, and who had received from Charles I the further title of Marquis of Dorchester. 1618-1682

Pierpont began his religious work as a theology student in 1816, first in Baltimore and then at Harvard, afterwards accepting an appointment as pastor at the Hollis Street Church in Boston (1819-1845). During his tenure, Pierpont was instrumental in establishing Boston’s English Classical School (Boston English High School) in 1821 and gained national recognition as an educator.

From The Pierponts of Roxbury, Massachusetts  Helen Schatvet Ullman NEHGS (January 1, 2006)

See Roxbury Landing.

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