First Fifty Years of Cazenovia Seminary


Madison County

Sketches of Students of Second Decade.

  WILLIAM HENRY WOODBURY was born in Charlton, Massachusetts, May 16, 1809. In 1815 his parents removed to Groton, New York. His father was a man of marked native force, and filled one or more terms in the State Legislature. William Henry was the sixth of the ten boys in the family, and served his full minority with his parents before he could begin the course of study he so eagerly desired. He entered Cazenovia Seminary about 1835, where he prepared for college. He was converted in April, 1831, and had a strong desire to go as a missionary to Africa. The Methodist Episcopal Church, of which he was a member, was then absorbed in its home mission, and had not entered upon foreign work. Being licensed to preach, he spent several years in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, and New Jersey in preaching, and many were converted under his ministry and became interested in the work of foreign missions. Indeed, his incessant labors as an evangelist wore out his health, so he went to Germany to recuperate. In his study of the German language he found that in no one of the numerous grammars which he had collected was he able to pursue his studies on what he deemed "philosophical principles." To supply the want he so deeply felt, "The New Method" was prepared and given to the public. It was a marked success.
  Returning from Europe in 1849, the following years were occupied in publishing and revising his books, and in his labors in behalf of the enslaved in our country.
  During the war he was in Norfolk, Va., under Government appointment as superintendent of the schools for the freedmen in the State of Virginia; and was in Richmond with the first corps of teachers that arrived after the surrender of that city.
  For nearly thirty years New York city was his residence. After the war he settled in Stamford, Conn., where he still resides. He has but one child, named after himself. He has published extensively. His latest works are "Woodbury's Complete Course," and "Easy Lessons in German." In the latter book he is associated with his brother, E. K. Woodbury. He is also associated with Lanquellier and Mousants in their French Grammar on Woodbury's Method; also Monstanto's Spanish Grammar on Woodbury's' Method ; also in Fasquell's French Series. Woodbury's German Series: New Method with the German; Key to ditto; Shorter Course with the German; Key to ditto. Woodbury's Method for Germans to Learn English: Elementary German Reader; Eclectic ditto; Practical Course with the German, and Key to ditto.

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