North American Scholar

CLARK, Josiah

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1814-02-07
  • Born City: Leicester
  • Born State/Country: MA
  • Parents: Rev. Josiah & Asenath Edwards C
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1878-05-30
  • Death City: Northampton
  • Death State/Country: MA
  • Married: Lucy Edwards Dewey, 21 Nov 1842
  • Education:

    AB Yale, 1833; AM, 1845; DD Andover Theol Sem, 1841; LLD Yale, 1875

  • Professional Experience:

    Princ Westminster (MA) School, 1833-5; tutor, U Maryland, 1835-7; asso princ to princ, Leicester (MA) Acad, 1841-9; princ Williston Sem (now Williston Acad) (Easthampton, MA), 1849-63; private tutor, Northampton, MA; founder with James F Spauld-ing of second Round Hill Sch, 1867-75; prof Lat & Gk Smith, 1875-7

  • Notes:

    Josiah Clark was perhaps the first professor appointed by the Trustees to the faculty of Smith College and was certainly the first professor of Latin and Greek at that institution when it opened in 1875. “Prexy” Clark achieved great repute as a teacher and classicist at Williston Seminary. The Rev. Charles Lawson quotes him as saying that it had always been his “supreme aim as a teacher, not to make men out of boys, but to conserve the boy in the man.” He resigned in 1863 apparently because he felt that the institution's founder and benefactor, the manufacturer Samuel Williston, wished to improve the position of the school's English College or trade school program, at the expense of the Classical College.

  • Sources:

    Kate Morris Cone, Smith College Monthly 73 (1899) 53; Charles Lawson, Williston Seminary Semi-Centennial, June 14-17, 1891 (Springfield, MA, 1891) 128; see also 49-50; Joseph Henry Sawyer, A History of Williston Seminary (Norwood, MA 1917); Laurens C Seelye, An Early History of Smith College (Boston, 1923); Smith College Archives

  • Author: Charles Henderson, Jr.