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Seelye, Julius Hawley

Seelye, Julius Hawley sē´lē [key], 1824–95, American clergyman and educator, b. Bethel, Conn., grad. Amherst, 1849, and Auburn Theological Seminary, 1852, and studied in Germany brother of L. C. Seelye. After serving as pastor of the First Reformed Church in Schenectady, N.Y., he became professor of mental and moral philosophy at Amherst in 1858 he was president of the college from 1876 to 1890. He inaugurated at Amherst what is said to be the first instance of student self-government on record in any American college. Seelye also served (1874–77) in Congress, to which he was elected in a nonpartisan movement. His writings include The Way, the Truth, and the Life (1873), Duty (1891), and Citizenship (1894).

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