Sidney Willard

Sidney Willard
Mayor of Cambridge, Massachusetts
In office
April 1848  April 1851
Preceded by James D. Green
Succeeded by George Stevens
Personal details
Born September 19, 1780
Beverly, Massachusetts[1]
Died December 6, 1856[1]
Cambridge, Massachusetts[1]
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Ann Andrews, m. December 28, 1815, d. September 17, 1817.[1]
Hannah S. Heard, m. January 27, 1819, d. 1821.[1]
Occupation Educator;[1] Politician[2]

Sidney Willard (September 19, 1780 – December 6, 1856) was an American academic and politician who served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, on the Massachusetts Governor's Council and as the second Mayor of Cambridge, Massachusetts.[2]

Willard was the Librarian of Harvard from 1800 to 1805.[1] From 1807 to 1831[1] he was the Hancock Professor of Hebrew and other Oriental Languages at Harvard College.[2] Willard was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1808.[3]

Willard was the son of Harvard president Joseph Willard and Mary (Sheafe) Willard.[1][2]

Willard was a member of the Anthology Club, and a founder of The Literary Miscellany, established and edited the American Monthly Review (4 vols., 1832/3), was editor of The Christian Register, contributed to numerous periodicals, and published a Hebrew Grammar (Cambridge, 1817), and Memoirs of Youth and Manhood (2 vols., 1855).[4]

His son in law, John Bartlett, was an American writer and publisher whose best known work, Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, has been continually revised and reissued for a century after his death.


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Winsor, Justin (1897), Bibliographical Contributions. No. 52, Cambridge, MA: The Library of Harvard University, p. 33.
  2. 1 2 3 4 Palmer, Joseph (1864), Necrology of Alumni of Harvard College, 1851-52 to 1862-63, Boston, MA: Joseph Palmer; Printed by JOHN WILSON AND SON, p. 113.
  3. "Book of Members, 1780–2010: Chapter W" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved September 9, 2016.
  4.  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Wilson, James Grant; Fiske, John, eds. (1889). "Willard, Simon, settler". Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. New York: D. Appleton.
Political offices
Preceded by
James D. Green
Mayor of Cambridge, Massachusetts
April 1848 – April 1851
Succeeded by
George Stevens
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