Wheeler, Benjamin Ide, 1854-1927

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Benjamin ide Wheeler, Greek scholar, philologist and president of the University of California, was born July 15, 1854 at Randolph, Massachusetts. He attended Thornton Academy and Colby Academy prior to entering Brown University. Upon his graduation in 1875, he taught in Providence High School for two years, then became a tutor at Brown from 1879 to 1881. He continued his studies in Germany, at Leipzig, Heidelberg, Jena and Berlin from 1881 to 1885, obtaining his doctorate, summa cum laude, at Heidelberg in 1885. After travelling in Greece during the spring and summer of 1885, he went to Harvard as instructor in German and Latin. In 1886 he accepted a professorship at Cornell, teaching Greek and comparative philology, and publishing many related articles. In 1895 he was a member of the staff of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.

Wheeler turned down tempting offers from Colgate University and other schools to accept the presidency of the young University of California in 1899. This post he held until his resignation twenty years later in 1919, having seen the University expand in students, staff and physical structure. After his retirement, he resumed his teaching career, and in 1920 travelled to Japan as a member of a commission appointed by the Board of Trade on the Pacific Coast to attempt to strengthen relationships between Japan and the United States. Wheeler died in 1927.

Included among his publications are: Alexander the Great; Dionysus and Immortality; The Greek Noun Accent; and Introduction to the Study of Language.

From the guide to the Benjamin Ide Wheeler Papers, 1854-1927, (The Bancroft Library)

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referencedIn George Sarton additional papers, 1901-1956 Houghton Library
referencedIn University of California, Berkeley. Department of Genetics Collection, 1911-1947 American Philosophical Society
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referencedIn Stanford University, President's Office, Rhodes Scholarship Committee, records, 1904-1916 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Wheeler, Benjamin Ide, 1854-1927. Benjamin Ide Wheeler letters to Lawrence H. Wilson : Berkeley, Calif., 1911 Feb. 12-15. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company contracts, 1831-1979 (inclusive) 1880-1940 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Henry Rushton Fairclough papers, 1886-1937 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Wagner, Harr, 1857-1936. Harr Wagner correspondence, 1899-1903. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn George and Phoebe Apperson Hearst papers, 1849-1926 Bancroft Library
referencedIn David Starr Jordan papers, 1861-1964 Cecil H. Green Library. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Wendell family papers, 1620-1921 Houghton Library
referencedIn Fahey-Sloan Family Collection, 1880-1960 University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
referencedIn Fairchild, Charles S. (Charles Stebbins), 1842-1924. Fairchild collection, [18th century-ca. 1928]. Churchill County Museum
referencedIn Benjamin Ide Wheeler Award Committee. Benjamin Ide Wheeler Award Committee minutes, 1928-1963. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Andrews, Eugene Plumb, 1866-1957. Eugene Plumb Andrews papers, 1895-1956. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Wheeler, Benjamin Ide, 1854-1927. Writings and addresses, 1890-1921. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Stratton, Frederick Smith, 1859-1915. Frederick Smith Stratton papers, circa 1886-1917. UC Berkeley Libraries
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creatorOf Wheeler, Benjamin Ide, 1854-1927. Autograph letter signed Benj. I. Wheeler to: "My dear Mr. Palmer" July, 19, 18[99]. Wellesley College
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referencedIn Camp, Walter, 1859-1925. Walter Chauncey Camp papers, 1870-1983 (inclusive), 1870-1925 (bulk). Yale University Library
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referencedIn Rockhill, William Woodville, 1854-1914. Papers, 1826-1941 Houghton Library
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referencedIn Drury, Newton Bishop, 1889-1978. Reminiscences of Newton Bishop Drury : oral history, 1972. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Henry Meade Bland Papers, ca. 1905-1931 Bancroft Library
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referencedIn Barrows family papers, 1861-1931. Houghton Library
referencedIn Osterhout, W. J. V. (Winthrop John Van Leuven), 1871-1964. Papers, 1894-1961. American Philosophical Society Library
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referencedIn Stanford University. President's Office. Stanford University, President's Office, Rhodes scholarship committee records, 1904-1916. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Hearst, George, 1820-1891. George and Phoebe Apperson Hearst papers, 1849-1926. Bancroft Library
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referencedIn Drury, Newton Bishop, 1889-1978. Parks and Redwoods, 1919-1971 : oral history, 1972. With introductions by Horace M. Albright and DeWitt Nelson. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Benjamin Ide Wheeler Papers, 1854-1927 Bancroft Library
referencedIn Brown, Elmer Ellsworth, 1861-1934. Personal papers, 1827-1936. Churchill County Museum
creatorOf Ham, Roswell Gray, 1891-1983. Roswell Gray Ham papers, [ca. 1913-1941]. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Walter Lionel Pforzheimer collection, 1487-1997 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Henry Carter Adams papers, 1964-1924 Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
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creatorOf Willey, Samuel H. (Samuel Hopkins), 1821-1914. Samuel H. Willey letter : San Francisco, to President Benjamin I. Wheeler, Berkeley : ALS, 1902 Dec. 23. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Arthur Twining Hadley, president of Yale University, records, 1899-1921 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company correspondence and records, 1832-1944. Houghton Library
referencedIn Douglas Tilden Papers, 1860-1970 Bancroft Library
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referencedIn Davis, Horace, 1831-1916. Horace Davis papers, 1865-1915. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Portraits of University of California individuals and groups, ca. 1850-[ongoing] Bancroft Library
referencedIn Theodore Roosevelt Papers, 1759-1993, (bulk 1878-1919) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Portrait photographs of George Rippey Stewart and Benjamin Ide Wheeler [graphic]. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Burr, George Lincoln, 1857-1938. George Lincoln Burr papers, 1861-1942. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Sherman, Edwin Allen, 1829-1914. Edwin Allen Sherman papers, 1872-1971, (bulk 1896-1913). UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Wheeler, Benjamin Ide, 1854-1927. Benjamin Ide Wheeler letter, 1898 December 22, to William J. Youngs. Cornell University Library
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referencedIn Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919. Theodore Roosevelt papers, 1759-1993 (bulk 1878-1919). Library of Congress
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Death 1927-05-02

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