Theodore Dwight Woolsey
(1801–1889) was an American
academic, author and president of Yale College
from 1846 through 1871.
Theodore Dwight Woolsey was born October 31, 1801 in New York City
. His mother was Elizabeth Dwight (1772–1813) and father was William Walton Woolsey (1766–1839).He graduated from Yale College
in 1820, spent a year in legal study in Philadelphia
, and two years of the study of theology
. For some time, he was a tutor at Yale, then went abroad to study Greek in Leipzig
, and Berlin
. From 1831 to 1846 he was professor
of Greek at Yale. His mother's brother Timothy Dwight
(1752–1817) had been president of Yale 1795–1817. Jeremiah Day
was the only president Yale had in between the family members. He was elected an Associate Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
in 1845. After being chosen as president of Yale, he instructed students of history, political economy
, political science
, and especially international law.He resigned as president of Yale in 1871. After Noah Porter
served as president, the office was back in the family as his cousin once removed Timothy Dwight V
(1828–1916), was selected in 1886.
During his 25 years as president, Yale advanced in wealth and influence and two new departments, the Scientific School
and the School of......