Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography/Goodwin, William Watson
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GOODWIN, William Watson, scholar, b. in Concord, Mass., 9 May, 1831. He was graduated at Harvard in 1851, studied at Bonn, Berlin, and Göttingen, and was tutor at Harvard from 1856 till 1860, after which he became Eliot professor of Greek literature, and still (1887) holds that chair. He was first director of the American school of classical studies at Athens, Greece, in 1882-'3. and was president of the American philological association from 1872 till 1885. Prof. Goodwin is also a member of the Imperial archaeological institute of Germany, of the American academy of arts and sciences, and of the Massachusetts historical society, and is a knight of the Greek order of the Saviour. He received the degree of Ph. D. from the University of Göttingen in 1855, and that of LL. D. from Amherst, and from the University of Cambridge, England, in 1883. He has been an extensive contributor to literary and philological journals, and to the transactions of various learned societies in the United States and England. He has published and edited various reports, including “Report on the American School of Classical Studies in Athens” (Boston, 1883), and “Papers of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Vol. 1st, edited by William W. Goodwin and Thomas W. Ludlow” (1885). His works include “Syntax of the Moods and Tenses of the Greek Verb” (Cambridge, 1869; revised ed., 1865; London, 1873); “Elementary Greek Grammar” (Boston, 1870; enlarged ed., Boston and London, 1879); a “Greek Reader,” with Joseph H. Allen (Boston, 1871; 2d ed., edited by William W. Goodwin, with alterations, 1877); and an edition of Xenophon's “Anabasis,” Books I.-IV., with John W. White (Boston and London, 1877).