SEELYE, Julius Hawley (1824-1895)

SEELYE, JULIUS HAWLEY, a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Bethel, Fairfield County, Conn., September 14, 1824; was graduated from Amherst (Mass.) College in 1849; studied theology, and was graduated from Auburn Theological Seminary in 1852; ordained as a minister in 1853 and became pastor of the First Reformed Protestant Dutch Church, Schenectady, N.Y., 1853-1858; professor of mental and moral philosophy in Amherst College 1858-1876; accepted an invitation to deliver a course of lectures in India in 1872; elected as an Independent to the Forty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1875-March 3, 1877); declined to be a candidate for reelection; member of the commission to revise the tax laws of Massachusetts; president of Amherst College 1876-1890; died in Amherst, Mass., May 12, 1895; interment in Wildwood Cemetery.

Amherst College
Amherst, MA
Papers: 1824-1898, 8 linear feet.
The papers of Julius Hawley Seelye include correspondence, travel diaries, genealogical information, sermons, lectures, notes, clippings, business records, photographs and other materials documenting the personal and professional life of Julius Hawley Seelye and the Seelye family. Topics covered in correspondence include Andover Theological Seminary and Christian missions in Japan and China; correspondents include Joseph H. Neesima and Kanzo Uchimura. Series 3 documents Seelye’s education at Amherst College, Auburn Theological Seminary and Halle, Germany; his tenure as a faculty member and later 5th president of Amherst College, 1856-1895; and term as member of U.S. Congress, 1875-1877. Seelye’s 1872 trip to India is documented in journals and clippings. Family correspondence includes letters of Seelye’s uncle Laurens P. Hickok, father Seth Seelye, mother Abigail Taylor Seelye, wife Elizabeth T. James Seelye, brothers Henry E. and Laurenus Clark Seelye, and children Anna H. Seelye Emerson, Mabel Seelye Bixler, Elizabeth J. Seelye Bixler, and William James Seelye. A finding aid is available in the repository.

Papers: In the James Family Papers and Sermons, 1808-1888, 2.5 linear feet.
Correspondents include Julius H. Seelye.


Columbia University
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
New York, NY
Papers: In the John Bates Clark Papers 1848-1955, 7 linear feet.
Coorespondents include Julius H. Seelye.

Papers: In the Allan Nevins Papers, 1912-1992, 104 linear feet.
Coorespondents include Julius H. Seelye.


Indiana University Bloomington
University Archives
Bloomington, IN
Papers: In the Indiana University President's Office Records, ca. 1880-1884, 0.9 cubic foot.
The papers contain a letter from President of Amherst College, Julius Hawley Seelye, to President of Indiana University, Lemuel Moss, written on September 21, 1883. In the letter, Seelye is responding to a request from Moss for drawings of the buildings on the Amherst College campus. Seelye writes that unfortunately they do not have published drawings.


The Newberry Library
Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections
Chicago, IL
Papers: In the Goodwin Family Papers, 1802-1913, 0.5 cubic foot.
Persons represented include Julius H. Seelye.


Princeton University Library
Manuscripts Division
Princeton, NJ
Papers: In the Throop and Martin Family Papers, 1693-1951, 4.2 linear feet.
Persons represented include Julius H. Seelye.


Rutgers University Libraries
Special Collections and University Archives
New Brunswick, NJ
Papers: In the Philoclean Society of Rutgers College Records, 1825-1927, 6.4 cubic feet.
Correspondents include Julius H. Seelye.


Yale University Library
Manuscripts and Archives
New Haven, CT
Papers: In the Samuel Bowles Papers, 1852-1893, 1 linear foot.
Persons represented include Julius H. Seelye.

Papers: In the Enoch Fitch Burr Papers, ca. 1842-1888, 0.25 linear foot.
Persons represented include Julius H. Seelye.

Papers: In the George Leon Walker and Williston Walker Papers, 1722-1922, 4 linear feet.
Persons represented include Julius H. Seelye.

Papers: In the Samuel Wells Williams Family Papers, ca. 1809-1983, 22.25 linear feet.
Persons represented include Julius H. Seelye.

  • Seelye, Julius Hawley. Duty; a book for schools. Boston: Ginn & Company, 1891.
  • ------. The way, the truth, and the life. Lectures to educated Hindus, delivered on his late visit to India, by Rev. Julius H. Seelye. Boston: Congregational Publishing Society, 1873.