Thomas Chase (educator)

Thomas Chase (1827-1892) was a United States educator and classical scholar. He was on the faculty of Haverford College and later its president.


Chase was born in Worcester, Massachusetts. At nine years of age, he was introduced to Latin; Greek at ten.[1] He graduated in 1848 at Harvard University. Beginning in 1850, he served as a substitute Latin professor at Harvard for a year, and another year and a half as an instructor, and then a tutor.[1]

He studied in Europe from 1853 to 1855, at the University of Berlin and the Collège de France mainly, and as a listener at other universities. He was professor of Greek and Latin at Haverford College 1855-1875. He was elected as a member of the American Philosophical Society in 1864.[2] From 1875 to 1886 he was president of Haverford. In 1887 Chase was elected a member of the American Antiquarian Society.[3] He was a member of the American committee for the revision of the New Testament, and a delegate to the Stockholm Philological Congress of 1889.


His “Use of Italics in the English Bible” was part of an 1879 pamphlet issued by the Bible revision committee.[1]



He was a brother of Pliny Chase.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Harold N. Fowler (1930). "Chase, Thomas". Dictionary of American Biography. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons.
  2. ^ "APS Member History". Retrieved 2021-04-16.
  3. ^ American Antiquarian Society Members Directory
  4. ^ Cicero's Tusculan disputations: book first; the dream of Scipio and extracts from the dialogues on old age and friendship. WorldCat. 1866. OCLC 9472615. Retrieved 24 October 2012.


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