North American Scholar

TYLER, William Seymour

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1810-09-02
  • Born City: Harford
  • Born State/Country: PA
  • Parents: Joab & Nabby Seymour T.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1897-11-19
  • Death City: Amherst
  • Death State/Country: MA
  • Married: Amelia Ogden Whiting, 4 Sept. 1839.
  • Education:

    Study at Hamilton Coll., 1827; A.B. Amherst, 1830; LL.D., 1871; study at Andover Theol. Sem., 1831-3; ordained Congregational minister, 1859; D.D. Harvard, 1857; LL.D., 1888.

  • Professional Experience:

    Tchr., 1828-9; tchr. Amherst Acad., 1830-1; tut. Amherst, 1833-36; prof. Lat. & Gk., 1836-47; Williston prof. Gk., 1847-93; pres. bd. trustees, Williston Acad. (Easthampton, MA); Mt. Holyoke Sem. (S. Hadley, MA); Smith Coll.

  • Publications:

    The Theology of the Greek Poets (Andover, 1869); The History of Amherst College during Its First Half Century, 1821-1871 (Springfield, MA, 1873); The Olynthiacs of Demosthenes (Boston, 1873); "On the Prepositions in the Homeric Poems," TAPA 5 (1874) 5-14; De Corona of Demosthenes, ed. Rev. Arthur Holmes, rev. Tyler (Boston, 1874); The Philippics of Demosthenes (Boston, 1875); The Germania and Agricola of Gaius Cornelius Tacitus (New York, 1878); Plato's Apology and Crito, ed. with H. M. Tyler (New York, 1887); A History of Amherst College during the Administrations of its First Five Presidents 1821-1891 (New York, 1895).

  • Notes:

    William Seymour Tyler gave 56 years of service to Amherst College, from which he had graduated as valedictorian. He produced an important history of his college, in which he claimed that Amherst had been the first American college to give its diplomas in Latin (Harvard was actually first) and a number of school texts, along with many speeches and sermons. He was an original trustee of Smith College and Tyler Residential House on campus is named for him, as was a dormitory at Amherst.

  • Sources:

    Amherst Coll. archives; The Autobiography of William Seymour Tyler . . . and Related Papers, ed. Cornelius B. Tyler (n.p., 1912); NatCAB 10:347; NYTimes (20 Nov. 1897) 7; WhAmHS 615; George F. Whicher, DAB 19:99-100.

  • Author: Ward W. Briggs, Jr.