RUDOLPH L. BIESELE, Editor
William Belcher Seeley: Founder and First Principal of San An-
tonio Academy. By Isaac Joslin Cox. San Antonio (The
Naylor Company), 1948. Pp. xviii+lo8. $2.oo.
This little volume contains a biographical sketch of Dr. Wil-
liam Seeley, distingushed gentleman, founder and first principal
of the San Antonio Academy; it gives the origins of one of San
Antonio's older private schools which trained so many young
men and prepared them for advanced work at the best univer-
sities and technical schools.
Written by Professor Isaac J. Cox, an associate of Dr. Seeley in
the early years of the academy, the book reflects the author's
admiration for the scholarly abilities and pedagogical methods
as well as for the virtues of a refined Christian educator who
played an important part in shaping the lives of the students
entrusted to his direction.
Dr. Seeley received his education at Princeton University and
gained valuable experience in teaching at Newark Academy,
where for four years he was headmaster in classics. He wanted
to join the staff of Princeton, but since he never had been robust,
he was advised by his physician to settle in a warmer climate.
How he came to San Antonio, regained his health, and founded
the academy, and developed his educational methods and ideals
form the principal theme of the volume. The addenda of approx-
imately forty pages are every bit as interesting as the book itself
and should be read as part of the text. Here are reproduced
some family papers, records, and rosters from the school as well
as Seeley's own account of the founding of the academy. The
data thus assembled from various sources illustrate the varied
abilities and interests of the headmaster. Undoubtedly the book
will be of special interest to his admirers and former students
who, after a lapse of half a century, are still proud to bear the
name "Seeley boys," but it should likewise be consulted by all
who contemplate writing local school histories.
JOSEPH W. SCHMITZ
St. Mary's University
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 54, July 1950 - April, 1951. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101133/. Accessed December 21, 2013.