William De Witt Hyde

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William De Witt Hyde
William DeWitt Hyde president of Bowdoin College.jpg
7th President of Bowdoin College
In office
Preceded by Joshua Chamberlain
Succeeded by Kenneth C.M. Sills
Personal details
Born September 23, 1858
Winchendon, Massachusetts
Died June 29, 1917(1917-06-29) (aged 58)
Brunswick, Maine
Alma mater Phillips Exeter Academy
Harvard University

William De Witt Hyde (September 23, 1858 – June 29, 1917)[1][2] was an American college president, born at Winchendon, Mass.


He graduated from Harvard University in 1879 and from Andover Theological Seminary in 1882. Ordained to the Congregational ministry in 1883, he was a pastor at Newark, N. J., in 1883-85, and thereafter was president of Bowdoin College, also holding the chair of mental and moral philosophy.


He is author of:

  • Practical Ethics (1892)
  • Social Theology (1895)
  • Practical idealism (1897)
  • God's Education of Man (1899)
  • The Art of Optimism (1900)
  • The Cardinal Virtues (1901)
  • Jesus' Way (1902)
  • The New Ethics (1903)
  • The College Man and the College Woman (1906)
  • From Epicurus to Christ (1906)
  • Abba, Father (1908)
  • Self-Measurement (1908)
  • Sin and its Forgiveness (1909)
  • The Teacher's Philosophy in and out of School (1910)
  • The Five Great Philosophies of Life (1911)
  • The Quest of the Best (1913)


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  2. ^ Taussig, F. W. (1933). "William Dewitt Hyde (1858–1917)". Proceedings of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. 68 (13): 635–637. JSTOR 20022992. 

Wikisource-logo.svg This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainGilman, D. C.; Thurston, H. T.; Colby, F. M., eds. (1905). "article name needed". New International Encyclopedia (1st ed.). New York: Dodd, Mead. 

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Preceded by
Joshua Chamberlain
President of Bowdoin College
Succeeded by
Kenneth C.M. Sills