Alexis Caswell

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Alexis Caswell
Alexis Caswell 6th President of Brown.jpg
6th President of Brown University
In office
Preceded by Barnas Sears
Succeeded by Ezekiel Robinson
Personal details
Born (1799-01-29)January 29, 1799
Taunton, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died January 8, 1877(1877-01-08) (aged 77)
Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.
Resting place North Burial Ground
Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.
Nationality American
Alma mater Brown University
Profession Educator

Alexis Caswell (January 29, 1799 – January 8, 1877) was an American educator, born in Taunton, Massachusetts. He graduated Brown University in 1822, and entered the Baptist ministry.


Caswell was professor of mathematics and natural philosophy in Brown University from 1828 to 1850, and of mathematics and astronomy from 1850 to 1864. Professor Caswell was president of Brown University from 1868 to 1872. He was one of the founders of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and served as its President in 1857.

Besides several papers on meteorology in the Reports of the Smithsonian Institution, he wrote The Life of Francis Wayland, a Textbook on Astronomy, and a Memorial of John Barstow (1864).



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Academic offices
Preceded by
Barnas Sears
President of Brown University
Succeeded by
Ezekiel Robinson