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BASCOM, John, educator, born in Genoa, New York, 1 May 1827. He was graduated at Williams in 1849, and at Andover theological seminary in 1855. He was a tutor in Williams College from 1852 to 1853, and from 1855 to 1874 held the professorship of rhetoric there, also acting as pastor of the Church at North Pownal, V t., from 1856 to 1864. In 1874 he became president of the University of Wisconsin, holding also the professorship of mental and moral philosophy, and on 23 June 1886, handed in his resignation, to take effect at the end of the College year in 1887. Dr. Bascom has contributed much to periodical literature, and is also a powerful pulpit orator. He has published the following works: " Political Economy" (New York, 1859) ; "2Esthetics" (1862) ; "Philosophy of Rhetoric" (1865); "Principles of Psychology" (1869); "Science, Philosophy, and Religion" (1871); Philosophy and English Literature (1874) ; "A Philosophy of Religion" (1876) ; "Comparative Psychology" (1878) ; " Ethics" (1879) ; "Natural Theology" (1880) ; "Science of Mind" (1881) ; "The Words of Christ" (1884); " Problems in Philosophy" (1885).
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