The Info List - Samuel Webber

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Samuel Webber (1759 – July 17, 1810) was an American clergyman, mathematician, academic, and president of Harvard University
Harvard University
from 1806 until his death in 1810.


1 Biography 2 Family 3 Works 4 References

Biography[edit] Webber was educated at Dummer Academy (now known as The Governor's Academy) and Harvard College
Harvard College
(B.A., 1784; M.A., 1787) where he distinguished himself in mathematics. He was a member of the Hasty Pudding. Webber was ordained as Congregational minister in 1787 and two years later became Hollis Professor of Mathematick and Natural Philosophy at Harvard.[1] He served in the commission that drew the boundaries, later recognized by the Treaty of Paris, between the new United States
United States
of America and the surrounding British provinces. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
American Academy of Arts and Sciences
in 1789[2] and also served as vice-president of the Academy. He authored System of Mathematics, which for many years served as the only textbook on the subject in New England.[3] Webber was appointed president of Harvard in 1806. That same year he received an honorary Doctor of Divinity
Doctor of Divinity
degree from that institution. He led Harvard until his death in 1810. Family[edit] Webber married Anna Winslow Green, a granddaughter of David Mathews, Loyalist
Mayor of New York City
Mayor of New York City
under the British during the American Revolution. Webber's son, also named Samuel (September 15, 1797 Cambridge, Massachusetts
Cambridge, Massachusetts
– December 5, 1880 Charlestown, New Hampshire), was a distinguished physician, chemist and author.[3] Works[edit]

“Introduction” to Jedidiah Morse, American Universal Geography, 1796 (revision) System of Mathematics, (2 vols.), 1801 Eulogy on President Willard, 1804


^ Quinquennial catalogue of the officers and graduates of Harvard university, 1636–1915. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University
Harvard University
Press. 1915. p. 21. Retrieved May 24, 2015.  ^ "Book of Members, 1780–2010: Chapter W" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved August 7, 2014.  ^ a b  Wilson, James Grant; Fiske, John, eds. (1889). "Webber, Samuel". Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. New York: D. Appleton. 


Preceded by Eliphalet Pearson, acting President of Harvard University 1806–1810 Succeeded by John Thornton Kirkland

Preceded by Samuel Williams Hollis Chair of Mathematics
and Natural Philosophy 1789-1806 Succeeded by John Farrar

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Presidents of Harvard University

Eaton† (1637–1639) Dunster (1640–1654) Chauncy (1654–1672) Hoar (1672–1675) Oakes (1675–1681) Rogers (1682–1684) Mather # (1685–1701) S. Willard # (1701–1707) Leverett (1708–1724) Wadsworth (1725–1737) Holyoke (1737–1769) Winthrop # (1769) Locke # (1770–1773) Winthrop # (1773) Langdon (1774–1780) J. Willard (1781–1804) Pearson # (1804–1806) Webber (1806–1810) Kirkland (1810–1828) Quincy (1829–1845) Everett (1846–1849) Sparks (1849–1853) Walker (1853–1860) Felton (1860–1862) Hill (1862–1868) Eliot (1869–1909) Lowell (1909–1933) Conant (1933–1953) Pusey (1953–1971) Bok (1971–1991) Rudenstine (1991–2001) Summers (2001–2006) Bok # (2006–2007) Faust (2007–2018) Bacow (2018-)

† – Eaton was known as the Schoolmaster; # indicates acting president

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Hollis Chair of Mathematics
and Natural Philosophy

Isaac Greenwood (1727) John Winthrop (1737) Samuel Williams (1779) Samuel Webber (1789) John Farrar (1807) Joseph Lovering (1838) Benjamin Osgood Peirce
Benjamin Osgood Peirce
(1888) Wallace Clement Sabine
Wallace Clement Sabine
(1914) (1919-1921) Theodore Lyman (1921) Percy Williams Bridgman
Percy Williams Bridgman
(1926) John Hasbrouck Van Vleck
John Hasbrouck Van Vleck
(1951) Andrew Gleason (1969) Bertrand Halperin
Bertrand Halperin

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 77815801 LCCN: n86840653 ISNI: 0000 0000 6701 2998 NLA: 35595