Frederick Morgan PADELFORD

Male 1875 - 1942  (67 years)


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  • Name Frederick Morgan PADELFORD  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Born 27 Feb 1875  Haverhill, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Gender Male 
    Census 1880  living with parents at Lafayette St.,Calais, Washington Co., ME Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Census 1900  Living in Moscow, Latah Co., Idaho Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Census 1910  Living in Seattle, King Co., Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Occupation 1910  [7
    Professor - University 
    Census 1920  living at 4710 20 Ave., NE, Seattle, King Co., WA Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Census 1930  Living in Seattle, King Co., Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Occupation 1930  [9
    Dean - University 
    Died 03 Dec 1942  Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Notes 
    • HistoryLink.org - Frederick Morgan (1875-1942): A Biography by his Great Grandson

      This biography of Frederick Morgan Padelford, University of Washington English Professor and Dean of Graduate School, was written by his great grandson Gordon Padelford, who is 13 years old at this writing (May 2002).

      Frederick Morgan Padelford

      Frederick Morgan Padelford, my great grandfather, was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts, on February 27, 1875. He was the son of Adoniram Judson Padelford and Anna Gordon Grassie Padelford. He would grow up to accomplish many things besides being a great person.

      Frederick spent his early life in Calaias, Maine, with his brother, Frank William Padelford, where his father was the pastor of the Baptist Church. He went to Calais High School and then on to Colby College in 1892. He received his undergraduate B.A. degree from Colby College in 1896 and his Ph.D. from Yale in 1899. In 1934, he was the Commencement speaker at Colby College and was awarded an honorary LL.D degree. In 1936, Mills College also awarded him an honorary LL.D degree.

      Frederick married a classmate from Colby College, Jessie Elizabeth Pepper, from Waterville, Maine, on July 6, 1899. They had four children: Morgan Grassie, Eunice Brewster, Philip Sidney (my grandfather), and Charles Gordon.

      The Padelfords first lived in Moscow, Idaho, where Frederick was the professor of English at the University of Idaho from 1899 to 1901. In 1901, they moved to Seattle so he could become the Professor of English. He taught at the University of Washington for the remaining 41 years of his life.

      The Padelfords went to London for the years 1905-1906 where he spent the year studying at the British Museum and at Oxford. On February 1, 1920, he was appointed Dean of the Graduate School of the University of Washington and served in that position until he died. He was also the Assistant Dean of Faculties from 1927 to 1931 and Assistant Vice President of the University from 1931 to 1932.

      Over his 41 years at the University of Washington, Frederick Morgan Padelford saw the registration of the University grow from 600 students to 14,000. He was part of the backbone of the University because he was "one of the early giants in the University, one who certainly was instrumental in guiding it from minor educational status into its years of majority among the state institutions."

      The Dean had many truly amazing accomplishments. Being a Spenserian scholar, he discovered in 1932, a lost translation, by Edmund Spenser, of the pseudo-Platonic dialogue Axiochus, of which no copy had been seen or accurately described for nearly 200 years. He wrote nearly 90 items including authoring, translating, contributing to, and being the editor of publications. As well as being the President of the Modern Language Association of America in 1942, he was a trustee of the Seattle Public Library and of the Seattle Art Museum and was at one time President of the Art Institute.

      Dean Padelford enjoyed golf, handball, hunting, cruising, and mountain climbing. In his classes he was a change from the ordinary professor. He was not boring and strict, but gentle although firm with the capability to excite his class. To all that knew him he was a good friend and was call "Paddy."

      He was witty and to show this there is a story of him at the university: After congratulating the library workers on their new precautionary measures against book theft, he walked out right under their noses with an unabridged Webster's Dictionary beneath his raincoat. He kept his dignity and was consulted for advice by many including anybody from a local boy's school to the President of the University.

      All who knew his kind heart were saddened to see him go, especially his wife who lived for another 25 years. On December 3, 1942, at the age of 67, Frederick Morgan Padelford died suddenly of coronary thrombosis, or a heart attack. He was visiting his son's home in Pasadena, California. Thank you for reading this biography.

      Sources: He is my great grandfather: The Compendium of American Genealogy--First Families of America ed. by Frederick Adams Virkus (The Virkus Co., 1930); Newspaper articles from "The Seattle Times" archives. By Gordon Padelford, Age 13, May 20, 2002

      Chronicle Telepgram - Elyria, Ohio - Apr 4, 1933

      RARE BOOK FOUND

      Seattle (UP) - A rare book, written by Edmund Spenser, which remained hidden for about two centuries, has been found by Dean Frederick Morgan Padelford of the University of Washington. Dean Padelford, a student of Spenser, saw the book listed in a London catalogue for $25. Althugh skeptical as to its authenticity, he wrote for it and was amazed on its arrival to learn it was a rare valume valued between $10,000 and $50,000.

      From "Who's Who in America:"

      Padelford, Frederick Mrogan, college prof.; b. at haverhill, Mass., Feb 27, 1875; s. Adoniram Judson and Julia Smith (Morgan) P.; A.B. Colby, 1896, A.M. 1899: Ph.D., Yale, 1899; research work, British Mus. and Oxford. 1905-6; m. Jessie Elizabeth Pepper, of Waterville, Me., July 6, 1899; prof. English, 1901-, and dean of the Graduate School since 1920, Univ. of Washington. Trustee Seattle Pub. Library, 1906-13; pres. Seattle Fine Arts Assn., 1907-10. Mem. Nat. Inst. Social Sciences, Am. Assn. Univ. Professors, Delta Kappa epsilon, Phi Beta Kappa. Clubs: Andiron (NY), Monday (Seattle);. Author: Old English Musical Terms, 1900; Early Sixteenth Century Lyrics, 1906; The Political and Exxlesiastical Allegory of the Faerie Queene, 1911; Samuel Osborne, Janitor, 1913; George Dana Boardman Pepper, A Biographical Sketch, 1914; The Poems of Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey,1920. Translator: Essays on the Study and Use of Poetry, by Plutarch and Basil, 1902; Select Editor: Comedy of Errors; Tudor Shakespeare, 1913; The Ring and the Book, 1917. Contbr. to Cambridge History of English Literature and to European and Am. mags. Mem. nat. Student Council of P.E. Ch. Episcopalian. Home: 4710 20th Av., N.E. Seattle, Washington.
    Person ID I42623  Main Tree

    Father Adoniram Judson PADELFORD,   b. 26 Jul 1831, Galway, Saratoga Co., New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Sep 1914, Newton, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Julia Smith MORGAN,   b. 1837,   d. 22 Apr 1893  (Age 56 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Married 1862  [4
    Family ID F05779  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Jessie Elizabeth PEPPER,   b. 20 Mar 1874, Waterville, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Nov 1967, Seattle, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years) 
    Married 06 Jul 1899  Waterville, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Charles Gordon PADELFORD
     2. Philip Sidney PADELFORD
     3. Eunice Brewster PADELFORD,   b. 12 Jun 1907, Seattle, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Nov 1991, Seattle, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)  [Natural]
     4. Morgan Grassie PADELFORD,   b. 10 Oct 1902, Seattle, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jun 1994, Sierra Madre, Los Angeles County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)  [Natural]
    Family ID F05799  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 27 Feb 1875 - Haverhill, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1880 - living with parents at Lafayette St.,Calais, Washington Co., ME Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1900 - Living in Moscow, Latah Co., Idaho Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1910 - Living in Seattle, King Co., Washington Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1920 - living at 4710 20 Ave., NE, Seattle, King Co., WA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1930 - Living in Seattle, King Co., Washington Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S00056] "Descendants of Zachariah Padelford III" by Kevin Swope.

    2. [S02596] Maine Marriage Records by Rootsweb.

    3. [S01934] California Deaths, 1940-1997.

    4. [S03445] The Family Forest Descendants of Sir Robert Parke, Bruce Harrison, (Name: Name: Millisecond Publishing Co., Inc.;;).

    5. [S00588] 1880 Census Calius, Washington County, Maine.

    6. [S00911] 1900 Census Moscow, Latah County, Idaho.

    7. [S01157] 1910 Census Seattle, King County, Washington.

    8. [S01288] 1920 Census King County, Washington.

    9. [S01613] 1930 Census Seattle, King County, Washington.