Francis Wayland (1796–1865) was born in New York City, New York. He attended Union College and Andover Theological Seminary. He became a minister at the First Baptist Church in Boston. He was professor at Union College for a short time, and then became President of Brown Theological Seminary (1827-1855). After 1855, he was a minister of First Baptist Church in Rhode Island. He was known for his textbooks on the topics of Moral Science and Political Economy.