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Theodore Dwight Woolsey

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THEODORE DWIGHT WOOLSEY



Author, College President




			   __George Woolsey1,3,4
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		      __George Woolsey3,4
		     |    |
		     |    |     __Thomas Cornell2,4
		     |    |    |
		     |    |__Rebecca Cornell1,3,4
		     |         |
		     |         |__Rebecca (__)2
		     |
		 __Benjamin Woolsey3
		|    |
		|    |__Hannah (__)4
		|
	    __Benjamin Woolsey3
	   |    |
	   |    |          __Henry Taylor10
	   |    |         |
	   |    |     __John Taylor3,10
	   |    |    |    |
	   |    |    |    |__Mary (__)10
	   |    |    |
	   |    |__Abigail Taylor3
	   |         |
	   |         |          __Daniel Whitehead11,12
	   |         |         |
	   |         |     __Daniel Whitehead3,10,11,13
	   |         |    |    |
	   |         |    |    |     __Thomas Armitage12
	   |         |    |    |    |
	   |         |    |    |__(__) Armitage11,12
	   |         |    |         |
	   |         |    |         |__Susan Mitchell12
	   |         |    |
	   |         |__Mary Whitehead3,10,11
	   |              |
	   |              |     __Thomas Stevenson11,13
	   |              |    |
	   |              |__Abigail Stephenson11,13
	   |                   |
	   |                   |__(__)13
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       __William Walton Woolsey3,8
      |    |
      |    |__Ann Muirson3
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THEODORE DWIGHT WOOLSEY3,8
      |
      |     __Timothy Dwight7,9
      |    |
      |__Elizabeth Dwight3,8
	   |
	   |     __JONATHAN EDWARDS7
	   |    |
	   |__Mary Edwards7,9
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		|     __James Pierpont5,7
		|    |
		|__Sarah Pierrepont7
		     |
		     |     __Samuel Hooker5
		     |    |
		     |__Mary Hooker5,7
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			  |     __Thomas Willet6
			  |    |
			  |__Mary Willet5
			       |
			       |__Mary Brown6


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Biography of THEODORE DWIGHT WOOLSEY

 
WOOLSEY, Theodore Dwight, educator, born in New York City, 31 October 1801. He is the son of William W. Woolsey, a merchant of New York city, and of Elizabeth Dwight, sister of President Timothy Dwight, of Yale. He was graduated at Yale in 1820, studied law for a year in Philadelphia, and theology at Princeton in 1821-1823, and from 1823 until 1825 was a tutor at Yale. In 1825 he was licensed to preach, and from 1827 until 1830 he studied the Greek language and literature in Germany, France, and Italy. Returning to this country, he was professor of Greek at Yale from 1831 until 1846, when he was appointed President, which post he held until his resignation in 1871. He was a member of the American Company of Revisers of the New Testament, and its chairman in 1871-1881, was at one time Vice-President of the Oriental society, and for several years a regent of the Smithsonian Institution at Washington, D.C. He received the degree of D.D. from Harvard in 1847, and that of LL.D. from the same institution in 1886. He gave to the Yale Library 1,000 volumes in Greek literature. His opinions are regarded as of great weight on questions of international law. He edited the "New Englander" for several years after its first appearance in 1843, and wrote for the "North American," "Princeton Review," and the "Century." He published editions of the Greek text, with English notes for the use of college students, of the "Alcestis" of Euripides (Cambridge, 1834); the "Antigone" of Sophocles (1835); the "Prometheus" of Aeschylus (1837) ; the "Electra" of Sophocles (1837) ; and the "Gorgias" of Plato (1843); "Introduction to the Study of International Law, designed as an Aid in Teaching and in Historical Studies" (Boston, i860; 5th ed., enlarged, New York, 1879); "Essays on Divorce and Divorce Legislation, with Special Reference to the United States" (1869); "Religion of the Present and of the Future, Sermons preached chiefly at Yale College" (1871); "Political Science, or the State, Theoretically and Practically considered" (2 vols., 1877); "Communism and Socialism in their History and Theory: a Sketch" (1880); and "Helpful Thoughts for Young Men" (1882). He has edited new editions of Francis Lieber's "Civil Liberty and Self-Government" (Philadelphia, 1871), and a "Manual of Politic Ethics" (2 vols., 1871). He also published smaller works, and essays and reviews in magazines. The discourses and addresses at his ordination to the ministry, and his inauguration as president of Yale were published together (New Haven, 1846).
 

 


Notes and Sources


   1.  Cornell, Rev. John, M.A.  Genealogy of the Cornell Family.  New York:
       Press of T.A. Wright, 1902.  p. 31.
   2.  Ibid., p. 17.
   3.  Dwight, Benjamin W., "The Descendants of Rev. Benjamin Woolsey, of
       Dosoris (Glen Cove), L.I.," The New York Genealogical and Biographical
       Record, 4 (1873):  143-155; 5 (1874):  12-25, 76-83, 134-147.
   4.  Riker, David M., Genealogical and Biographical Directory to Persons
       in New Netherland from 1613 to 1674.  CD-ROM. Cambridge: The
       Learning Company, 1999.  1806.
   5.  Willett, Albert James, Jr., The Willett Families of North America,
       Volume I.  Easley:  Southern Historical Press, Inc., 1985.  15.
   6.  Ibid., p. 1-15.
   7.  Smith, Elizur Yale, "The Descendants of William Edwards Colonist of
       Connecticut Colony, 1639," The New York Genealogical and Biographical
       Record, 71 (1940):  216-224, 323-333; 72 (1941):  56-61, 124-132,
       213-220, 320-331; 73 (1942):  173-189, 251-254; 90 (1959):  193-197; 91
       (1960):  6-16, 110-118, 153-166, 233-235; 92 (1961):  23-34, 80-88,
       141-152, 221-226; 93 (1962):  13-21, 106-113, 143-148, 221-225; 94
       (1963):  15-26, 75-83, 148-154.
   8.  Flint, Edward F., S.M., and Gwendolyn S. Flint, Flint Family History of
       The Adventuresome Seven, Volume II.  Baltimore:  Gateway Press, Inc.,
       1984.  665-666.
   9.  Ibid., p. 610-614.
  10.  Riker, op. cit., p. 1394.
  11.  Ibid., p. 1774.
  12.  Ibid., p. 59.
  13.  Ibid., p. 1343.  It is difficult to determine from this source
       who the mother of Abigial Stevenson is.  Her father, Thomas, had three
       wives:  the first wife's name is unknown, the second is Maria Bernard,
       the the third is Ann whose last name is unknown.  Abigail appreas to
       have been born at about the time her father's first wife died and he
       remarried.


 

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