North American Scholar

HADLEY, James

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1821-03-30
  • Born City: Fairfield
  • Born State/Country: NY
  • Parents: James, a chemistry professor, & Maria Hamilton H.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1872-11-14
  • Death City: New Haven
  • Death State/Country: CT
  • Married: Anne Loring Twining, 13 Aug. 1851.
  • Education:

    B.A. Yale, 1842; study at Yale Div. Sch., 1843-4.

  • Professional Experience:

    Tutor Gk. Middlebury Coll., 1844-5; tutor to prof. Gk. Yale, 1845-51, 1861-72 (did not work 1865-68 because of illness).

  • Publications:

    Greek Grammar for Schools and Colleges (New York, 1859); “On the Nature and Theory of the Greek Accent,” TAPA 1 (1870) 1-19; “On English Vowel Quantity in the Thirteenth Century and in the Nineteenth,” TAPA 2 (1871) 65-107; “On the Byzantine Greek Pronunciation of the Tenth Century, as Illustrated by a Manuscript in the Bodleian Library,” TAPA 3 (1872) 33-45; Introduction to Roman Law, ed. T. D. Woolsey (New York, 1873); Essays Philological and Critical, Selected from the Papers of James Hadley (New York, 1873); “On Koch's Treatment of the Celtic Element in English,” TAPA 4 (1873) 30-43. Bibliography: Porter (see below), 27-30.

  • Notes:

    James Hadley devoted his career mainly to traditional philological interests and the teaching of both graduate and undergraduate students. His principal specialties were Greek and Roman law (on which he lectured at Harvard and Yale), but he was expert in Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Arabic, and Sanskrit and given also to mathematics and history. His colleague William Dwight Whitney praised the breadth of his knowledge, the depth of his memory and the wisdom of his judgment and called him the “best and soundest” American classicist. Hadley was more famous as a gifted teacher than as a productive scholar. His essays were published posthumously by Whitney, and his essay “On the Nature and Theory of Greek Accent” was translated into German and was well received.

  • Sources:

    Glenn C. Altschuler, Andrew D. White: Educator, Historian, Diplomat (Ithaca & London, 1979); C. W. Mendell, DAB 8:81-2; Arthur Twining Hadley, “Biographical Memoir of James Hadley 1821-1872,” National Academy of Biographical Memoirs 5 (1905) 247-54; Hadley, Diary 1843-1852 of James Hadley Tutor and Professor of Greek in Yale College 1845-1872, ed. Laura Hadley Moseley (New Haven & London, 1951); Noah Porter, A Discourse . . . at the Funeral of Professor James Hadley (New Haven, 1872); Sandys, 463; W. D. Whitney, Nation 15 (21 Nov. 1872) 335.

  • Author: Meyer Reinhold