1860-1862 – He was a graduate of Williams, which he entered as a junior from Yale, having been the valedictorian of his class at Phillips Academy, Andover.
– He had served Williams College as a professor of Latin and French, and Yale as a professor of German.
– He was also president of the Modern Languages Association, the new and significant organization of language scholars.
1881 – He became the first scholar-president of Williams, a position that he filled with imagination and skill for twenty years.
– During his presidency he raised over a million dollars, directed a building program that added eight new buildings to the College plant, doubled the size of the faculty, dropped Greek as an admission requirement, increased electives in the curriculum and welcomed the introduction of the honor system.