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ALVA WOODS (1794-1887)

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Originally appearing in Volume V28, Page 803 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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ALVA WOODS (1794-1887), a nephew of the elder Leonard and the son of Abel Woods (1765-1850), a Baptist preacher, graduated at Harvard in 1817 and at Andover Theological Seminary in 1821, and was ordained as a Baptist minister. In 1824-1828 he was professor of mathematics and natural philosophy at Brown University, acting as president in 1826-1827; in 1828-1831 was president of Transylvania University, Lexington, Kentucky; and in 1831-1837 was president of the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, where he organized the Alabama Female Athenaeum. After 1839 he lived in Providence, R.I.
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