Samuel Webber

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Samuel Webber
President of Harvard University
In office
1804–1810
Preceded by Eliphalet Pearson acting
Succeeded by John Thornton Kirkland
Personal details
Born 1759
Byfield, Massachusetts
Died July 17, 1810 (aged 50–51)
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Samuel Webber (1759 – July 17, 1810) was an American clergyman, mathematician, and academic, President of Harvard University from 1806 until his death in 1810.

Biography[edit]

Webber was educated at Dummer Academy (now known as The Governor's Academy) and Harvard College (B.A., 1784; M.A., 1787) where he distinguished himself in mathematics and was a member of the Hasty Pudding. He was ordained as Congregational minister in 1787 and two years later became Hollis Professor of Mathematick and Natural Philosophy at Harvard.[citation needed] He served in the commission that drew the boundaries, later recognized by the Treaty of Paris, between the new United States of America and the surrounding British provinces. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1789[1] and also served as vice-president of the Academy. He authored System of Mathematics, which for many years served as the only text-book on the subject in New England.[2]

Webber was appointed president of Harvard in 1806. That same year he received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from that institution. He led Harvard until his death in 1810.

Family[edit]

Webber's son, also named Samuel (September 15, 1797 Cambridge, Massachusetts – December 5, 1880 Charlestown, New Hampshire), was a distinguished physician, chemist and author.[2]

Works[edit]

  • “Introduction” to Jedidiah Morse, American Universal Geography, 1796 (revision)
  • System of Mathematics, (2 vols.), 1801
  • Eulogy on President Willard, 1804

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Book of Members, 1780–2010: Chapter W". American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved August 7, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Wikisource-logo.svg Wilson, James Grant; Fiske, John, eds. (1889). "Webber, Samuel". Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. New York: D. Appleton. 
Academic offices
Preceded by
Eliphalet Pearson, acting
President of Harvard University
1806–1810
Succeeded by
John Thornton Kirkland
Preceded by
Samuel Williams
Hollis Chair of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy
1789-1806
Succeeded by
John Farrar