William A. Granville

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William Anthony Granville

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William Anthony Granville (1864-February 4, 1943) was an American mathematician, and served as president of Gettysburg College from 1910 until 1923.


He began his teaching career at Bethany College where he was an instructor of mathematics and served as the college treasurer. In 1893 he was awarded a bachelors degree in philosophy from Yale University. For fifteen years, beginning in 1895, he was professor of mathematics at Yale, and was awarded a Ph.D in philosophy from that institution in 1897. His dissertation was titled, "Referat on the Origin and Development of the Addition-Theorem in Elliptic Functions". He published several textbooks on mathematics that were widely used throughout the United States.

In 1910 he was elected to serve as president of Gettysburg College by a unanimous vote. During his tenure the college became an accredited institution. While at the college he also served as president of the American Federation of Lutheran Brotherhoods.

Following his resignation from in Gettysburg College 1923, he joined the Washington National Insurance Company. He died in his home as a result of a heart attack.

He was married and had two daughters.


  • W. A. Granville (with the editorial coperation of Percey F. Smith) Elements of the Differential and Integral Calculus, 1904 (revised 1911).
  • W. A. Granville, Plane and Spherical Trigonometry, and Four-place Tables of Logarithms, Ginn and company, New York, 1909.
  • P. F. Smith, W. A. Granville, Elementary Analysis, Boston, New York, Ginn and co., 1910.
  • W. A. Granville, The Fourth Dimension and the Bible, Boston, R. G. Badger, 1922.

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