Charles William Eliot, an American educator, born in Boston, Mass., March 20, 1834. His father was Samuel Atkins Eliot, the author of a "History of Harvard College," a member of congress in 1850-55, and for 11 years treasurer of Harvard college. At the age of 15 the son entered Harvard college, and graduated in 1853. Immediately afterward he was appointed a tutor in mathematics, and held that position till 1858, when he became assistant professor of chemistry. In 1863 he resigned his professorship and went abroad, in order to perfect himself in chemical research and to study the various methods of scientific and literary education in England and on the continent. Returning home in 1865, he was appointed professor of chemistry and metallurgy in the Massachusetts institute of technology. In the spring of 1869 he was chosen president of Harvard university, as the successor of Dr. Thomas Hill, and was inaugurated on Oct. 19. President Eliot has been a frequent contributor to the "Atlantic Monthly," "Journal of Science," and other periodicals; and he is the joint author of a " Handbook of Chemistry" (Boston, 1868). In 1869 he received the degree of LL. D. from Williams and Princeton colleges, and in 1870 from Yale college.