M. Woolsey Stryker

Melancthon Woolsey Stryker
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Hamilton College

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D., LL.D., (7 January 1851 – 6 December 1929), an American clergyman, was Pastor of the Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago and President of Hamilton College in upstate New York from 1892-1917.
By the end of the nineteenth century, its colorful ninth President M. Woolsey Stryker distanced Hamilton from the Presbyterian Church (although he was a minister of that denomination and published many hymns), and sought to make it a more secular institution.

Lloyd Paul Stryker

The couple's children included: Goss Livingston Stryker (1877–1971), Alida Livingston Stryker (1881–1951) (married Elihu Root, Jr., son of Hamilton alum and trustee Elihu Root), Robert McBurney Stryker (1883-1883), Lloyd Paul Stryker (1885–1955), Evelyn Stryker (1888–1976) and Elizabeth Woolsey Stryker (1896-?).
Lloyd Paul Stryker was born June 5, 1885, in Chicago to Melancthon Woolsey Stryker (a Presbyterian minister) and Elizabeth Goss.

Melancthon Taylor Woolsey

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Stryker was born in Vernon, Oneida County, New York, to Rev. Isaac Pierson Stryker (1815–1899), a Presbyterian minister, and Alida Livingston Woolsey (1822–1859), daughter of Melancthon Taylor Woolsey.
His daughter Alida Livingston Woolsey married Rev. Isaac Stryker, whose son, M. Woolsey Stryker, became a Presbyterian minister and President of Hamilton College.

Elihu Root

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The couple's children included: Goss Livingston Stryker (1877–1971), Alida Livingston Stryker (1881–1951) (married Elihu Root, Jr., son of Hamilton alum and trustee Elihu Root), Robert McBurney Stryker (1883-1883), Lloyd Paul Stryker (1885–1955), Evelyn Stryker (1888–1976) and Elizabeth Woolsey Stryker (1896-?).
His son, Elihu Root Jr. graduated from Hamilton College and became an attorney and the husband of Alida Stryker, whose father M. Woolsey Stryker was the president of Hamilton College.

Chicago

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D., LL.D., (7 January 1851 – 6 December 1929), an American clergyman, was Pastor of the Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago and President of Hamilton College in upstate New York from 1892-1917.

Presbyterianism

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He distanced Hamilton from the Presbyterian Church, moving it towards becoming a more secular institution.

Vernon (village), New York

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Stryker was born in Vernon, Oneida County, New York, to Rev. Isaac Pierson Stryker (1815–1899), a Presbyterian minister, and Alida Livingston Woolsey (1822–1859), daughter of Melancthon Taylor Woolsey.

Oneida County, New York

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Stryker was born in Vernon, Oneida County, New York, to Rev. Isaac Pierson Stryker (1815–1899), a Presbyterian minister, and Alida Livingston Woolsey (1822–1859), daughter of Melancthon Taylor Woolsey.

New York (state)

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Stryker was born in Vernon, Oneida County, New York, to Rev. Isaac Pierson Stryker (1815–1899), a Presbyterian minister, and Alida Livingston Woolsey (1822–1859), daughter of Melancthon Taylor Woolsey.

Lafayette College

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He received honorary degrees from Lafayette College in 1889 and Wesleyan College in 1909.

Wesleyan University

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He received honorary degrees from Lafayette College in 1889 and Wesleyan College in 1909.

Auburn, New York

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Rev. Stryker's first position was in Auburn, New York.

Ithaca, New York

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In 1878 he took another position in Ithaca, and in 1883 he accepted a position in Holyoke, Massachusetts.

Holyoke, Massachusetts

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In 1878 he took another position in Ithaca, and in 1883 he accepted a position in Holyoke, Massachusetts.

Classics

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As Hamilton's President, Stryker strongly defended the traditional approach to a liberal arts education, and preserved the teaching of the classics.

Theodore Roosevelt

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He also became known for his individualism and disdain for mob choices, although he vehemently disapproved of President Theodore Roosevelt, whom he greatly resembled.

Blackstone Memorial

A liberal, Rev. Stryker spoke out against prejudice against Jews, basing "his argument on the fact that our spiritual and religious perceptions have been first taught by Jews, and that the Old as well as the New Testament we owe entirely to men of that race. " He was one of the signers of the Blackstone Memorial advocating the creation of a Jewish State as a solution to anti-Jewish pogroms in Russia.

Clinton, Oneida County, New York

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He died in Clinton in 1929, and was buried in the Hamilton College cemetery.

Fourth Presbyterian Church (Chicago)

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Shortly before the turn of the 19th century, Rev. M. Woolsey Stryker (1885-1892), a widely quoted pundit as well as prolific hymnwriter, served as pastor, but left Chicago to become President of his alma mater, Hamilton College in upstate New York.