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Kelsey, Francis Willeylocked

(23 May 1853–14 May 1927)
  • Ward W. Briggs


Kelsey, Francis Willey (23 May 1853–14 May 1927), classicist and archaeologist, was born in Ogden, New York, the son of Henry Kelsey, a professor at Lake Forest College, and Olive Cornelia Trowbridge. He graduated from the University of Rochester in 1880 and for the next nine years taught Latin at Lake Forest University in Illinois, becoming a full professor in 1882. He studied in Europe from 1883 to 1885 and received an honorary Ph.D. from Rochester in 1886. That year he married Mary Isabelle Madger, with whom he had three children. He succeeded Henry S. Frieze in the chair of Latin language and literature at the University of Michigan in 1889, a position he held until his death. He studied for one year in Europe (1892–1893) and was director of the American School of Classical Studies in Rome (1900–1901)....

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