Leonard Woods (college president)

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Leonard Woods
Leonard Woods fourth president Bowdoin College.jpg
4th President of Bowdoin College
In office
1839–1866
Preceded by William Allen
Succeeded by Samuel Harris
Personal details
Born November 24, 1807
Newbury, Massachusetts
Died December 24, 1878(1878-12-24) (aged 71)
Boston, Massachusetts
Alma mater Union College

Leonard Woods (November 24, 1807 – December 24, 1878)[1] was the fourth president of Bowdoin College.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Newbury, Massachusetts, Woods attended Phillips Andover Academy before graduating from Union College in 1827 with Phi Beta Kappa honors and membership in The Kappa Alpha Society. After having graduated from Andover Theological Seminary, he made a translation of George Christian Knapp's Christian Theology, which became long used as a textbook in American theological seminaries.

When he became president of Bowdoin in 1839, he was only 32 years old. He held his position until 1866. During his tenure, the College built Appleton Hall, the Chapel, and Adams Hall, which housed the Medical School of Maine and the undergraduate laboratories. A recipient of advanced degrees from Colby College, Harvard University, and Bowdoin, Woods died in 1878 in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Preceded by
William Allen
President of Bowdoin College
1839–66
Succeeded by
Samuel Harris