Paul Ansel Chadbourne
|President of the Massachusetts Agricultural College (now the University of Massachusetts Amherst)|
1866 – 1867, 1882–1883
|President of the University of Wisconsin (now the University of Wisconsin-Madison)|
|President of Williams College|
|Born||October 21, 1823|
North Berwick, Maine
|Died||February 23, 1883 (aged 59)|
New York, New York
|Spouse(s)||Elizabeth Sawyer Page|
|Alma mater||Williams College (B.A.), (LL.D.)|
Berkshire Medical School (M.D.)
Amherst College (D.D.)
Paul Ansel Chadbourne (October 21, 1823 – February 23, 1883) was an American educator and naturalist who served as President of University of Wisconsin from 1867 to 1870, and President of Williams College from 1872 until his resignation in 1881. He was also the second President of the Massachusetts Agricultural College (later University of Massachusetts) in 1867 and again from 1882 until his death in 1883.
Chadbourne was born in North Berwick, Maine and attended school at Phillips Exeter Academy. He graduated from Williams College, where he was a member of The Kappa Alpha Society, and became valedictorian in 1848 with Phi Beta Kappa honors. Chadbourne earned his M.D. degree from Berkshire Medical College but never practiced medicine.
Chadbourne initially taught school in Freehold, New Jersey until taking a position at Williams College, where he taught scientific subjects for fourteen years. At Williams College he was the Professor of Chemistry, Botany, and Natural History. Concurrently, he was professor at Bowdoin College, Maine Medical College, and Berkshire Medical School.
He was President of the Massachusetts Agricultural College from 1866 to 1867, and from 1882 to 1883. He was the President and Professor of Metaphysics at the University of Wisconsin at Madison from 1867 to 1870.
Following years of pulmonary problems, Chadbourne died on February 23, 1883 while serving as President of the Massachusetts Agricultural College.
Chadbourne House at Williams College is named after him.
Chadbourne Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is named after him.
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