Seelye, Laurenus Clark, 1837-1924

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Smith College President (first), 1873-1910. Union College, A.B., 1857. Heidelberg University, 1862. Pastor, Old North Church, Springfield, MA, 1863-1965. Professor, Amherst College, 1865-1873.

From the description of Laurenus Clark Seelye papers, 1820-1995 (bulk 1875-1924). (Smith College). WorldCat record id: 51171602

Laurenus Clark Seelye was born on September 20, 1837, in Bethel, Connecticut. He was the youngest child of Abigail Taylor Seelye and Seth Seelye, who married in 1817. Seth Seelye was a merchant, farmer, and deacon. Seelye's sisters, Hannah and Elizabeth, were not educated. L. Clark and his brothers, Thomas, Samuel, Julius, and Henry, were all educated. Three of the sons, Samuel, Julius, and L. Clark, went on to become ministers, Thomas became a physician, and Henry a farmer and later an attorney. Julius served as the president of Amherst College. Seelye most likely attended the Center District School in Bethel. He was schooled in Woodbury, attended the Old Hadley Academy, and afterwards spent some time in Danbury to complete his education. At the age of twelve he started home schooling under his brother Samuel. He entered Union College at the age of sixteen where he received a B.A. and graduated as valedictorian with highest honors. After Union, he attended Andover Seminary but left due to ill health. He traveled throughout the Mediterranean and across Europe in hopes of getting well; while in Germany, he decided to complete his education in Heidelberg.

From the guide to the Laurenus Clark Seelye Papers RG 32., 1820-1995, 1875-1924, (Smith College Archives)

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referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company contracts, 1831-1979 (inclusive) 1880-1940 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Ethel Hale Freeman Papers RG 42., 1882-1917 Smith College Archives
creatorOf Burton, Marion Le Roy, 1874-1925. Office of the President Marion Le Roy Burton records, 1910-1917. Smith College, Neilson Library
referencedIn John Morton Greene Papers RG 10., 1856-1930 Smith College Archives
referencedIn Weir, John Ferguson, 1841-1926. John Ferguson Weir papers, 1838-1957 (inclusive), 1861-1928 (bulk). Yale University Library
creatorOf Seelye, Julius H. (Julius Hawley), 1824-1895. Seelye papers, 1824-1898. Amherst College Library
creatorOf Freeman, Ethel Hale. Ethel Hale Freeman papers, 1882-1917. Smith College, Neilson Library
referencedIn Seelye Papers, 1824-1898 Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
referencedIn Office of the President Marion Le Roy Burton Files RG 32., 1910-1917 Smith College Archives
referencedIn Barrows family papers, 1861-1931. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Alfred Vance Churchill Papers RG 42., 1828-1948 Smith College Archives
creatorOf Laurenus Clark Seelye Papers RG 32., 1820-1995, 1875-1924 Smith College Archives
referencedIn Smith College. Founding documents collection, 1868-ca. 1930. Smith College, Neilson Library
creatorOf Churchill, Alfred Vance, 1864-1949. Alfred Vance Churchill papers, 1828-1948. Smith College, Neilson Library
creatorOf Smith College. Audio visual collection, long playing records of Smith College, 1909-1982. Smith College, Neilson Library
referencedIn Allen, Corinne Marie Tuckerman, 1856-1931. Papers, 1896-1927 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
creatorOf Seelye, Laurenus Clark, 1837-1924. Laurenus Clark Seelye papers, 1820-1995 (bulk 1875-1924). Smith College, Neilson Library
referencedIn Records, 1882-1889. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Greene, John Morton, 1830-1919. John Morton Greene papers, 1856-1930. Smith College, Neilson Library
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associatedWith Carnegie, Andrew, 1835-1919 person
associatedWith Churchill, Alfred Vance, 1864-1949 person
associatedWith Freeman, Ethel Hale. person
associatedWith Gardiner, H. Norman (Harry Norman), 1855-1927 person
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associatedWith Parsons, Alice Tullis Lord. person
associatedWith Parsons, Alice Tullis Lord. person
associatedWith Rockefeller, John D. (John Davison), 1874-1960 person
associatedWith Seelye, Henrietta Chapin. person
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associatedWith Seelye, Julius H. (Julius Hawley), 1824-1895 person
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Death 1924-10-12

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