North American Scholar

MESSER, William Stuart

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1882-08-19
  • Born City: Washington
  • Born State/Country: DC
  • Parents: William & Charlotte Morris Taylor
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1960-12-21
  • Death City: Beverly
  • Death State/Country: MA
  • Married: Winifred Irish, Aug. 1914; Edna Erie Wilson, 12 Aug. 1924.
  • Education:

    A.B. Columbia, 1905; A.M., 1909; Ph.D., 1917; LL.D. U. Padua (Italy), 1922; A.M. (hon.) Dartmouth, 1923.

  • Professional Experience:

    Head class, dept. Bernard Sch. (New York City), 1905-9; instr. Columbia, 1911-9; asst. prof, to prof. Lat. Dartmouth, 1919-38; Daniel Webster prof. Lat. lang. & lit., 1938-51; chair dept., 1921-22; Whitney vis. prof. hum. Whitman Coll. (Walla Walla, WA), 1953.

  • Dissertation:

    "The Dream in Homer and Greek Tragedy" (Columbia, 1917); printed, (New York, 1918).

  • Publications:

    "Ad Cic. Tusc. Disp. 111.19,45," Mnemosyne n.s. 45 (1917) 78-92; "Mutiny in the Roman Army: The Republic," CP 15 (1920) 158-75; "A Possible Source of the Dream in Pindar's Fourth Pythian," CW 15 (1921-2) 129-31; "The Roman World of Caesar, Cicero and Vergil," CJ 19 (1923-4) 356-68; "The New Rome and Archaeology," CJ 22 (1926-7) 179-88; "Classical Art from Ancient Shipwrecks," Art & Archaeology 23 (1927) 147-59; "Martial IX, 15," CJ 36 (1940-1) 226-9.

  • Notes:

    William Stuart Messer taught courses in classical civilization and in Greek and Latin literature at Dartmouth for 33 years. He was keenly interested in the association of ancient antiquities with the great literary works and this formed the staple of his teaching and research. The brunt of his energy went into his teaching and administrative responsibilities, particularly his service on a number of highly important committees dealing with educational policy. A strong supporter of American participation in World War II, he served on several committees that dealt with the academic problems of the returning soldiers.

  • Sources:

    Dartmouth College Archives; NYTimes (23 Dec. 1960) 23; WhAm 4:655.

  • Author: Ward W. Briggs, Jr.