Stevens, John Austin, 1795-1874

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New York City businessman and financier.

From the description of Papers, 1811-1885. (New York University). WorldCat record id: 475977530

The frail and unassuming Jeremiah Day exerted an enormous influence on the development of Yale University during the early 19th century. After graduating from Yale in 1795, Day was installed as principal of Timothy Dwight's academy at Greenfield, Connecticut, for three years, before receiving the call back to his alma mater in 1798. Serving initially as a tutor, and licensed to preach by the New Haven West Association in 1800, Day was promoted to Professor of Mathematics and Moral Philosophy in 1801, a position he filled with competence, if not brilliance. In the short span of four years, he composed three widely-used texts in the field, An Introduction to Algebra (1814), A Treatise on Plane Geometry (1815), and The Mathematical Principles of Navigation and Surveying (1817).

The hand-picked successor to the towering Dwight, Day was elevated to the presidency -- after some hesitation on his part -- following Dwight's death in 1817, the same year he was finally ordained in the Congregational ministry. Despite precarious health, including a heart attack in 1836 and recurrent bout of angina thereafter, Day remained in office for 29 years, and occupied a seat on the Yale Corporation for an additional two decades thereafter. During his presidency, he oversaw the establishment of a separate Theology Department (later the Divinity School) and the granting of the college's first law degree, but perhaps most importantly, he was midwife to a new philosophy of undergraduate education that drew a careful distinction between a general undergraduate program, "the foundation of a superior education," and the more applied program espoused by the professional schools. Day died in 1867 at the age of 94.

John Austin Stevens, a graduate of the Yale class of 1813, was the long-time president of the Bank of Commerce in New York City.

From the guide to the Notes, from Professor Day's Lectures, on Natural Philosophy, 1812, (American Philosophical Society)

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Relation Name
associatedWith Appleton, William Henry, 1814-1899. person
associatedWith Austin, Edward. person
associatedWith Baring Brothers & Co. Ltd. corporateBody
associatedWith Barney, Hiram. person
associatedWith Battré, A. person
associatedWith Boulanger, Georges-Ernest-Jean-Marie, 1837-1891. person
associatedWith Buffalo, New York and Erie Railroad. corporateBody
associatedWith Carroll, Thomas B. person
associatedWith Chase, Salmon P. (Salmon Portland), 1808-1873. person
associatedWith Clinton Hall (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Conkling, Edgar, 1812-1881. person
associatedWith Conkling, Roscoe, 1829-1888. person
associatedWith Cooper, James Fenimore, 1789-1851. person
associatedWith Davis, Henry Winter, 1817-1865. person
associatedWith Day, Jeremiah, 1773-1867 person
associatedWith Ebenezer Stevens Sons (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Faides, Victor. person
associatedWith Forney, John W. (John Wien), 1817-1881. person
associatedWith Gay, Sydney Howard, 1814-1888. person
associatedWith Gibbs, George, 1815-1873. person
associatedWith Hamilton, Andrew Jackson, 1815-1875. person
associatedWith Hamilton, James A. (James Alexander), 1788-1878. person
associatedWith Heckscher, Charles A. person
associatedWith Jay, John, 1817-1894. person
associatedWith Le Gendre, Charles William, 1830-1899. person
associatedWith Lieber, Francis, 1800-1872. person
associatedWith Lindsay, Gilbert R. person
associatedWith Lodge, John E. person
correspondedWith Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth, 1807-1882 person
associatedWith Low, Abiel Abbot, 1811-1893. person
associatedWith Low, Henry R., d. 1888. person
associatedWith Loyal National League. corporateBody
associatedWith Loyal Publication Society of New York. corporateBody
associatedWith Marcy, William L. (William Learned), 1786-1857. person
associatedWith Mercer, S. A. person
associatedWith Merchant's Exchange (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Minturn, Robert Bowne, 1805-1866. person
associatedWith Morgan, Edwin D. (Edwin Denison), 1811-1883. person
associatedWith National War Committee of the Citizens of New York. corporateBody
associatedWith Opdyke, George, 1805-1880. person
associatedWith Perit, Pelatiah, 1785-1864. person
associatedWith Plumb, E. L. person
associatedWith Plumb, J. B. person
associatedWith Prime, Ward & King (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Pruyn, John VanSchaick Lansing, 1811-1877. person
associatedWith Reid, Whitelaw, 1837-1912. person
associatedWith Republican Party (N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Ruggles, Samuel B. (Samuel Bulkley), 1800-1881. person
associatedWith Seward, William Henry, 1801-1872. person
associatedWith Shaw, Dorman & Horn. corporateBody
associatedWith Silliman, Benjamin D. (Benjamin Douglas), 1805-1901. person
associatedWith Stevens, John Austin, 1827-1910. person
associatedWith Stoneman, George, 1822-1894. person
associatedWith Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874 1811-1874. person
associatedWith Szabad, Imre, b. 1822. person
associatedWith Treasury Note Committee. corporateBody
associatedWith Vail, Henry F. person
associatedWith Vaughan, Benjamin, 1751-1835. person
associatedWith Ward, Samuel, 1786-1839. person
associatedWith Ward, Thomas W. person
associatedWith Yale University corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
New York (N.Y.)
New York (State)
United States
Evacuation Day, New York, N.Y., 1783--Centennial celebrations, etc
Natural history
Physics--Study and teaching--19th century
Science and technology


Birth 1795-01-22

Death 1874-10-19



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