Alexis Caswell (1799-1877), sixth president of Brown University, was born in Taunton, Massachusetts. He was descended from Thomas Caswell, one of the first settlers of Taunton.
Marble bust of Alexis Caswell before and after restoration
Alexis Caswell was professor of mathematics and natural philosophy from 1828 to 1850, professor of mathematics and astronomy from 1850 to 1855, and professor of natural philosophy and astronomy from 1855 to 1863.
The bust’s base, before and during reconstruction
When required he also taught ethics and constitutional law. He was involved in the creation of the museum of natural history.
A gap detail before and after replacement
He served as president pro tempore of the University in 1840-41 while University President Francis Wayland traveled in Europe, and was appointed regent of the University to assist the president from 1852 to 1855.
In 1863 he retired and became president of the National Exchange Bank and the American Screw Company in Providence.
In 1868 Caswell was persuaded to accept the office of President of Brown University. He was at that time 69 years old.