The son of John and Laura (Woodbridge) Bascom, he was a teacher and author and died of acute dilatation of the heart from physical strain aged 84-5-2. Buried in Williams College Cemetery. "Mass., Town & Vital Records, 1620-1988"
John was the author of numerous books on religion and philosophy. Was chairman of the Greylock Commision which secured the Mt. Greylock Reservation, North Adams, MA. A graduate and professor at Williams College, he was later president of the University of Wisconson [1874-1887] where Bascom Hall is named after him.
A noted educator, university president and author, Bascom received his B.A. (1848) and M.A. (1852) from Williams College in Massachusetts. In 1855, he entered the Andover Theological Seminary in Massachusetts. He was appointed president of the University of Wisconsin in 1874.
A leader in college education, he devoted his career to improving university standards by encouraging improved high school instruction. Bascom also advocated co-educational instruction, a rarity in the 19th century.
During his tenure as president, the first Agricultural Experimental Station and the School of Pharmacy were created and new buildings such as the Washburn Observatory, Old Science Hall, the Library and Assembly Hall were built.
Bascom was a strong supporter of women's rights, was a leader in the Prohibition party and advocated the right of workers to join trade unions and strike for decent wages. He resigned from his university presidency in 1887 and returned to Williams College to lecture in sociology and political science. John Bascom died on October 2, 1911.
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