Deacon Isaac Warren
Born in Charlestown on July 30, 1758, Deacon Warren was “a dignified gentleman and a merchant of ability and large means.” Not surprisingly, he was one of the first vice-presidents of the Warren Institution for Savings, and part of his “large means” went to endow Warren Academy in Woburn in 1827.
He selected Woburn as a location because of a recent revival in that town and his belief that the Holy Spirit was active there. Indeed it was stipulated that only orthodox Calvinists should be allowed to teach at the new school. Mr. Warren also gave liberally for the education “of pious indigent young men for the ministry” and also to Middlebury College.
As for the man who had become his pastor at the Charlestown church where he served as Deacon (fellow founder Jedidiah Morse) Deacon Warren complained that those in the congregation were “daily sighing, and longing for opportunities for christian conversation, with their minister, not on disputes, and controversies, or Politics, but on real, internal, and experimental religion.” Mr. Warren died on March 19, 1834.