H-SC President, 1807-1820
At age 55, Moses Hoge was by far the oldest of Hampden-Sydney's early Presidents when elected and was certainly the best known. A farm boy in the Shenandoah Valley, he heard a call to the ministry when he was twenty-six and went to Liberty Hall Academy, where he did fine work but did not take a degree. Prepared for the ministry under the traditional apprentice-style system, he had been pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Shepherdstown, West Virginia, for twenty years and was famous as a preacher, theological teacher, and tract-writer when he was elected President in June 1807.
in the last week of October 1807, the Synod of Virginia held its annual meeting at the College; many delegates stayed through Sunday, 1 November, the first day of the Hampden-Sydney fall term. Hoge preached and presided at Holy Communion in the College Hall; in effect, this was the first presidential inauguration ceremony.
From the start, Hoge's real interest was in training ministers, and his efforts laid the groundwork for the establishment of what became Union Theological Seminary at the south end of the College campus. Princeton gave both him and ex-President Alexander the D.D. in 1810.
In 1820 Hoge attended the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, where he died.