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Rev Alexis Caswell
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Birth: Jan. 29, 1799
Taunton
Bristol County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Jan. 8, 1877
Providence
Providence County
Rhode Island, USA

Alexis Caswell, a Taunton, Massachusetts native, graduated first in his class from Brown in 1822. He then taught and studied theology in Washington DC and was ordained and installed as a Baptist minister in Halifax in 1827. A year later Caswell was called to the First Baptist Church in Providence and he began teaching at Brown. He served as professor of mathematics and natural philosophy from 1828 to 1850, and added astronomy to his repertoire until 1863. Caswell made regular meteorological observations in Providence beginning in 1831, which were published in Smithsonian Contributions to Knowledge . Caswell served as president pro tempore for a year while President Francis Wayland traveled in Europe, but did not succeed Wayland as president in 1855 as the Corporation preferred to have an outsider in this position. In 1863, Caswell retired, becoming president of National Exchange Bank and American Screw Company in Providence. In 1868, after declining offers for the Brown presidency on two occasions, Caswell was persuaded to take up the position. He was 69 years old and served steadfastly for four years.

Painter Jean Paul Selinger was born in and worked most of his life in Boston. He also spent time studying in Munich. In addition to portraits, Selinger painted New England landscapes, and he is the recipient of a number of prizes. He executed Caswell's portrait at the commission of a group of alumni, who presented it to the University at the 1880 commencement ceremonies. Selinger painted other portraits in the Brown collection including William Giles Goddard (BP 71), Rowland Gibson Hazard (BP 40), William Henry Hoffman (BP 208) and Alonzo Williams (BP 81). 
 
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 Parents:
  Samuel Caswell (1760 - 1851)
  Polly Seaver Caswell (1768 - 1818)
 
 Spouses:
  Elizabeth Brown Edwards Caswell (1817 - 1880)*
  Esther Lois Thompson Caswell (1802 - 1850)*
 
 Children:
  Sarah Swope Caswell Angell (1831 - 1903)*
  Mary Thompson Caswell (1832 - 1832)*
  Edward Thompson Caswell (1833 - 1887)*
  Alexis Caswell (1835 - 1837)*
  Joseph Thompson Caswell (1838 - 1838)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
North Burial Ground
Providence
Providence County
Rhode Island, USA
 
Created by: Linda Mac
Record added: Feb 06, 2009
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