Meiklejohn, Alexander, 1872-1964

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Birth 1872
Death 1964
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Alexander Meiklejohn was born in England in 1872, and brought to the United States in 1880 at the age of eight. He was educated in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, and graduated from Brown University in 1893. He took his M.A. at Brown and in 1897, received his doctorate in philosophy from Cornell University. He taught philosophy and metaphysics at Brown and was dean from 1901 to 1912. He became president of Amherst College in 1912 and served until 1924. After Amherst he went to the University of Wisconsin to teach philosophy and while there, established an experimental college. He retired in 1938. Meiklejohn died in 1964 at the age of 92.

From the guide to the Meiklejohn Papers, 1894-1924, 1912-1923, (Amherst College Archives and Special Collections)

Educator and innovator, philosopher, social reformer; president of Amherst College, 1912-1923. Alexander Meiklejohn was born in England in 1872 and brought to the United States in 1880. He was educated in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, and graduated from Brown University in 1893. He took his M.A. at Brown and in 1897, received his doctorate in philosophy from Cornell University. He taught philosophy and metaphysics at Brown and was dean from 1901 to 1912. He became president of Amherst College in 1912 and served until 1924. After Amherst he went to the University of Wisconsin to teach philosophy and while there established an experimental college. He retired in 1938. Meiklejohn died in 1964 at the age of 92.

From the description of Meiklejohn papers, 1894-1924 (bulk 1912-1923). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 49729714

Included in this correspondence is an article written about Alexander Meiklejohn by Arthur Upham Pope in 1965, the year after Meiklejohn's death.

From the description of Letter and article, 1964-1965, to Lewis Mumford. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 155872551

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  • Amherst College--Presidents
  • Education, higher
  • Educators--United States--Correspondence
  • Educational Innovations--United States
  • Educators--Correspondence
  • College presidents--Correspondence
  • Universities and colleges--Faculty
  • Civil rights
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  • Education, Higher--United States
  • Freedom of speech
  • Educational innovations
  • College presidents--Massachusetts--Correspondence
  • Education--Experimental methods

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