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Rev Alexis Caswell

Rev Alexis Caswell

Birth
Taunton, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 8 Jan 1877 (aged 77)
Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, USA
Burial Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, USA
Memorial ID 33585505 · View Source
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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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  • Created by: Linda Mac
  • Added: 6 Feb 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 33585505
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rev Alexis Caswell (29 Jan 1799–8 Jan 1877), Find A Grave Memorial no. 33585505, citing North Burial Ground, Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, USA ; Maintained by Linda Mac (contributor 47062703) .