Biographical Note

Paul Ansel Chadbourne graduated from Williams College in 1848, taught for fourteen years at the College, and served as its fifth President from 1872 until his resignation in 1881. Chadbourne's specialities were botany, chemistry and natural history. These he taught at Williams, and lectured in at Bowdoin, Mount Holyoke and the Agricultural College at Amherst.

1823 born in North Berwick, ME, October 21
1843 enters Philips Exeter Academy
1845 enters Williams College sophomore class
1848 graduates Valedictorian from Williams
1850 becomes Principal of the high school at Great Falls, NH
1851 marries Elizabeth Sawyer Page of Exeter, NH; elected to a tutorship at Williams in August
1852 becomes Principal of the Academy in East Windsor Hill (now Hartford), CT
1853 becomes Professor of chemistry and botany
1855-59 leads natural history expeditions
1859 Professor of natural history
1865-66 State Senator of Massachusetts
1867 President of New Agricultural College at Amherst, MA
1869-72 President of University of Wisconsin
elected President of Williams College
1880 Presidential elector-at-large
1881 resigns from presidency of Williams College
1883 dies after years of pulmonary trouble, 23 February

For a more detailed and complete biographical sketch, see Fifty Years at Williams: The Story of Paul Ansel Chadbourne, Book 1, by E. Herbert Botsford, located in Box 1/Folder 2 of this collection.

Paul A. Chadbourne (1823-1883) Papers, 1849-1886

Paul A. Chadbourne
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