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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1832

Vol. I

(Born D. C.)

Benjamin S. Ewell​a

(Ap'd Va.)


Benjamin Stoddert Ewell: Born June 10, 1810, Surry County, VA.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1828, to July 1, 1832, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 4th Artillery, July 1, 1832.

Second Lieut., 4th Artillery, July 1, 1832.

Served at the Military Academy, 1832‑36, — as Asst. Professor of Mathematics, Aug. 31, 1832, to Aug. 31, 1835, — and as Asst. Professor of Natural and Experimental Philosophy, Aug. 31, 1835, to Sep. 30, 1836.

Resigned, Sep. 30, 1836.

Civil History. — Principal Asst. Engineer Baltimore and Susquehanna Railroad, 1836‑39. Elected Professor of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy, Transylvania University, Ky., 1839: declined. Professor of Mathematics, Hampden Sydney College, Va., 1839‑42, — and of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy, 1842‑46. Professor of Mathematics and Military Science, Washington College, Lexington, Va., 1846‑48. Professor of Mathematics, Hampden Sydney College, Va., 1848: declined. Professor of Mathematics, and Acting President of William and Mary College, Va., 1848‑49, — Professor of Mathematics and Natural Science, 1849‑58, — and President, 1854‑58.

Joined in the Rebellion of 1861‑66 against the United States.​b

Civil History. — President of William and Mary College, Williamsburg, Va., 1866‑88, and Emeritus President since 1888. Degree of LL. D. conferred by Hobart College, N. Y., 1874. Honorary Member of the Royal Historical Society of England, 1880. Farmer, near Williamsburg, Va., since 1888.

[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Vol. IV
Died June 19, 1894, at James City, Va.: Aged 84.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1895, for an obituary notice, with a portrait.

Buried, College of William and Mary Cemetery, Williamsburg, VA.

Thayer's Notes:

a He was the brother of the more famous general Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Richard S. Ewell.

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b As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record. Of his service on the staff of Gen. Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Joseph E. Johnston there is nothing out of the ordinary to recount; but of his rescue and preservation of William and Mary College his is a great story, worth telling many times; and told, in fact, in several places online, as in the AOG obituary notice linked to above, but especially well in "Colonel Benjamin Stoddert Ewell, LL. D." (The Phi Beta Kappa Key, IV.361‑369).

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