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FOWLER, William Chauncey, educator and author, born in Killingworth (now Clinton), Connecticut, 1 September 1793; died in Durham, Connecticut, 15 January 1881. His parents settled at Durham when he was four years old. He was graduated at Yale in 1816, and studied theology there, at the same time performing the duties of rector of the Hopkins grammar school. He was graduated at the theological school in 1818, was a tutor at Yale from 1819 till 1823, pastor of a Congregational Church in Greenfield, Massachusetts, in 1825'7, professor of chemistry and natural philosophy in Middlebury College, Vermont, from 1827 till 1838, and then of rhetoric and oratory in Amherst College till 1843.
He subsequently engaged in literary labors, residing at Amherst till 1858, and afterward in Durham. He was a member of the Massachusetts assembly in 1851, and of the Connecticut senate in 1864. For his father-in-law, Noah Webster, he edited the University edition of Webster's "Dictionary" (New York, 1845). He published an "English Grammar" ; a treatise on "The English Language in its Elements and Forms" (1850); " Memorials of the Chaunceys" (1856);" The Sectional Controversy, or Passages in the Political History of the United States" (1862); genealogical works on "William Fowler, the Magistrate, and his Descendants," " Wives of the Fowlers," and " Wives of the Chaunceys"; "History of Durham" (Hartford, 1866); and "Local "Law in Massachusetts and Connecticut " (Albany, 1872).
His son, William Worthington Fowler, author, born in Middlebury, Vermont, 24 June 1833; died in Durham, Connecticut, 18 September 1881, was educated at Phillips Andover academy and at Amherst, where he was graduated in 1854. He studied law at Amherst and in New York City, where he was admitted to the bar in 1857. He practiced his profession in New York till 1864, then became a broker, and in 1871 abandoned that business for literature and journalism, settling in Durham. In 1879 he was a member of the Connecticut senate. He was for twelve years the New York financial correspondent of the Boston "Commercial Bulletin," and was the author of "Ten Years in Wall Street" (Hartford, 1870); "Life and Adventures of Benjamin F. Moneypenny"; " Fighting Fire" (1873); "Woman on the American Frontier" (lS77); " Twenty Years of Inside Life in Wall Street" (New York, 1880); and a pamphlet on "The Fowlers of Buckinghamshire, England."
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