Matthew Henry Buckham

Matthew Henry Buckham

Birth
England
Death 29 Nov 1910 (aged 78)
Burlington, Chittenden County, Vermont, USA
Burial Burlington, Chittenden County, Vermont, USA
Memorial ID 23443137 · View Source
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Matthew Henry BUCKHAM, president University of Vermont (1871-1910),
Burlington [Chittenden County, Vermont], was born 04 July 1832 at Hinckley,
Leicestershire, England, son of Rev. James and Margaret (BARMBY) BUCKHAM.
His preparatory studies were directed by his father, an accurate classic
scholar; graduated from University of Vermont, A. B., 1851, at age of
nineteen, receiving highest honors of his class; was ordained a clergyman of
the Congregational Church; received degree of D. D. from both Dartmouth and
Hamilton Colleges in 1877, and LL. D. from Middlebury College 1910, Dartmouth
and Wesleyan having given him the same degree in 1909.

In 1857 he [Matthew Henry BUCKHAM] married [his first wife] Elizabeth WRIGHT
[a maiden name?] of Shoreham [Addison County, Vermont]; they had four
children: (1) James, a journalist, deceased; (2) John Wright, clergyman;
(3) Robert Barmby, lawyer; and (4) Charles Wyman, architect. A daughter,
(5) Mary (Mrs. William MARSH), resides in Boston [Suffolk County,
Massachusetts]. For his second wife, he [Matthew Henry BUCKHAM] married in
1897, Martha G. TYLER, daughter of Josiah TYLER, D. D., of St Johnsbury
[Caledonia County, Vermont]; they had one daughter, Laura Tyler.

Mr. BUCKHAM served two years as principal of Lenox Academy [Berkshire
County], Massachusetts; was tutor in languages one year at University of
Vermont; studied and traveled in England and Germany 1854-1856; on his return
was made professor of Greek, a position he retained until advanced to the
presidency in 1871, acting also as professor of rhetoric and English
literature 1856-1857 and 1863-1871, when he assumed the chair of political
and social science. Served as town superintendent of education; city school
commissioner 1869-1880; member State Board of Education 1867-1874; member
board of examiners U. S. Military Academy, West Point, 1876; president board
of directors Mary Fletcher Hospital from the beginning of that institution;
president board of trustees Fletcher Library from its opening in 1875 to the
time of his death; president Association of American Agricultural Colleges
and Experiment Stations 1905-1906; vice president National Association of
State Universities 1909-1910. Matthew Henry BUCKHAM died at Burlington
[Chittenden County, Vermont], 29 November 1910.

Was well known as a speaker on religious, social and educational themes. At
the annual meeting of the National Association of State Universities in 1911,
the committee on resolutions reported as follows: "Dr. Buckham brought to
the discharge of his duties a scholarship broad and deep and accurate, and an
executive and administrative capacity of a high order. His pure, elegant
English, his easy and ready elocution, the breadth of his conceptions, and
the lucidity of their expression could not fail to arrest the attention o
even a casual reader [p 133] or listener. His admirable sense of proportion
and the orderly arrangement of his argument, with his wealth of metaphor and
illustration, made his addresses a constant inspiration and delight."


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  • Created by: Barb Destromp
  • Added: 16 Dec 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 23443137
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Matthew Henry Buckham (4 Jul 1832–29 Nov 1910), Find A Grave Memorial no. 23443137, citing Greenmount Cemetery, Burlington, Chittenden County, Vermont, USA ; Maintained by Barb Destromp (contributor 46785064) .