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Lewis Perry (January 3, 1877 – January 27, 1970) was an American educator and the eighth principal of Phillips Exeter Academy.

Lewis Perry
Lewis Perry.jpg
7th Principal of Phillips Exeter Academy
In office
Preceded byHarlan Page Amen
Succeeded byWilliam Gurdon Saltonstall
Personal details
BornJanuary 3, 1877
Williamstown, Massachusetts, U.S.
DiedJanuary 27, 1970
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Alma materWilliams College
Princeton University

Lewis Perry was born in Williamstown, Massachusetts on January 3, 1877 to Arthur Latham Perry, a prominent economist, and Mary Brown Perry.[1] He attended Lawrenceville School as well as Phillips Academy for one year,[2] then Williams College, where he graduated in 1898. In Williams, he was the national president of the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity, of which his father helped found the Williams branch.[3] He was also the first student to be awarded the Rogerson Cup award, the "highest award for alumni service" at Williams.[4] He then attended Princeton University, where he earned an M.A. and a L.H.D degree. From 1901 to 1914, he taught English at Williams. In 1914, he became principal of Exeter. It was under Perry in 1919 that the Exeter Summer program was created.[5] It was also under him that philanthropist Edward Harkness donated to the school $5.8 million to create the Harkness table teaching method in 1930.[6] He retired in 1946.

Over his lifetime, he was awarded honorary L.H.D. degrees by Dartmouth, Yale, Amherst, the University of New Hampshire, and Harvard.[7]


Perry first married Margaret Hubbell (1881-1928), with whom he had a daughter and a son. He later married Hubbell's sister, Juliette Adams, whose two daughters from her first marriage, Juliette and Margaret, became his stepdaughters. He died on January 27, 1970, in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania[8] and is buried in the Williams College Cemetery in Williamstown, Massachusetts[9].

See also his brother Bliss Perry who was a noted professor of literature at Harvard.

Further readingEdit


  1. ^ Collections, Williams College Archives & Special. "Lewis Perry (1877-1970)". Retrieved 2017-06-13.
  2. ^ Fuess, Claude Moore (1917). An Old New England School: A History of Phillips Academy Andover. Houghton Mifflin.
  3. ^ Collections, Williams College Archives & Special. "Lewis Perry (1877-1970)". Retrieved 2017-06-13.
  4. ^ "Lewis Perry, Class of 1898". Alumni Awards. Retrieved 2017-06-13.
  5. ^ "Exeter Summer | Phillips Exeter Academy". Retrieved 2017-06-13.
  6. ^ A Declaration of Readers' Rights: Renewing Our Commitment to Students. Pearson/Allyn and Bacon. 2008. ISBN 9780205499793.
  7. ^ Collections, Williams College Archives & Special. "Lewis Perry (1877-1970)". Retrieved 2017-06-13.
  8. ^ Times, Special To The New York (1970-01-28). "Dr. Lewis Perry, Ex‐Principal Of Phillips Exeter, Dead at 93". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-06-13.
  9. ^ Photo of his gravestone on the Find-A-Grave site.|