Sidney Edward Mezes
|Sidney Edward Mezes|
|5th President of the University of Texas at Austin|
|Preceded by||David Franklin Houston|
|Succeeded by||William James Battle|
|4th President of City College of New York|
|Preceded by||John Huston Finley|
|Succeeded by||Frederick Robinson|
October 19, 1863|
|Died||September 10, 1931
Sidney Edward Mezes (September 23, 1863 – September 10, 1931) was an American philosopher.
He was born in what is now the town of Belmont, California on September 23, 1863, to a Spanish-born father and Italian-born mother. He graduated in 1884 from the University of California in engineering and was a member of the Chi Phi Fraternity. After returning to university, he graduated in 1890 from Harvard University, in philosophy, being awarded a doctorate there in 1893. From 1893 to 1894 he taught philosophy at the University of Chicago. From 1894 he was for, 20 years, in positions at the University of Texas, becoming a professor there in 1906. From 1908 he was president of the University.
In 1914 he became president of the College of the City of New York. In 1917 he was appointed as Director of the Inquiry, a think tank set up by Woodrow Wilson to study the diplomatic position that would follow a victorious end to World War I. He was part of the American Commission to Negotiate Peace at the Treaty of Versailles in 1919.
In 1896, he married Annie Olive Hunter, a sister-in-law of Edward M. House.
He died on September 10, 1931.
- The Conception of God, A Philosophical Discussion Concerning the Nature of the Divine Idea as a Demonstrable Reality (1897) with Josiah Royce, Joseph Le Conte, George Holmes Howison
- Ethics. Descriptive and Explanatory (1900)
- What Really Happened at Paris, edited by Charles Seymour and Edward Mandell House (1921) contributor