Charles Seymour (January 1, 1885 – August 11, 1963) was an American academic, historian and President of Yale University from 1937 to 1951.
Seymour was born in New Haven, Connecticut, the son of Thomas Day Seymour, who taught classics at Yale, and Sarah Hitchcock Seymour. His paternal grandfather, Nathan Perkins Seymour, was the great-great grandson of Thomas Clap, who was President of Yale in the 1740s. His paternal grandmother, Elizabeth Day, was the grandniece of Jeremiah Day, who was Yale's president from 1817 through 1846. An ancestor of his mother, the former Sarah Hitchcock, was awarded an honorary degree at Yale's first graduation ceremonies in 1702.
Seymour was awarded a Bachelor of Arts at King's College, Cambridge in 1904; and he earned a second B.A. from Yale in 1908. He went on to earn a Ph.D. from Yale in 1911. In 1908, he was also tapped as a member of the Skull and Bones Society and in 1919 he was founding member of The Council on Foreign Relations...
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