*Bradford Academy was a coeducational secondary school when it was founded in 1803 by the First Church of Christ. Ann Hasseltine, who married Judson, becoming the first of his three missionary wives, was a student there in 1806. So was Harriet Atwood, who married Newell, and fatefully, after her death at age nineteen, became the nominal author of her famous posthumous memoir. Winslow Homer's mother, Henrietta Benson Homer (1809-1884), went there, too. So did Harriet Beecher Stowe's husband, Calvin Ellis Stowe, before going on to Bowdoin College, then the seminary at Andover. In 1836, Bradford Academy chose to devote itself exclusively to the women's education. It went on to evolve into Bradford Junior College for women, then the coed Bradford College which, debt-ridden and bureaucratically bloated, closed in 2000. Seven years later, the Assemblies of God bought the eighteen-acre campus. After its $5 million renovation, a cost covered by Hobby Lobby founder David Green and affiliates, it was given to Zion Bible College, which relocated there from Barrington, Rhode Island. It is now known as Northpoint Bible College, whose stated purpose is "to teach and train students for Excellent Pentecostal Ministry in fulfillment of The Great Commission." Missionary work, in other words.
1. Thomas C. Richards. Samuel J. Mills: Missionary Pathfinder, Pioneer and Promoter (Boston, New York, and Chicago: The Pilgrim Press, 1906), 57.
2. Joan Jacobs Brumberg, Mission for Life: The Judson Family and American Evangelical Culture (New York: New York University Press, 1984), ix.