Woolsey, Theodore Dwight

Woolsey, Theodore Dwight

(1801–89) educator, political scientist; born in New York. A valedictorian at Yale (1820), he attended Princeton Theological Seminary until 1823, then completed his theological studies at Yale and Europe. He was professor of Greek at Yale (1831–46), then became its president (1846–71), during which time he taught history, political science, and international law. He was chairman of the American committee for the revision of the New Testament (1871–81). Aside from editions of Greek classics, he also wrote an Introduction to the Study of International Law (1860) and Political Science (1878).
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