Sidney Willard

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]

Sidney Willard
Mayor of Cambridge, Massachusetts
In office
April 1848  April 1851
Preceded byJames D. Green
Succeeded byGeorge Stevens
Personal details
BornSeptember 19, 1780
Beverly, Massachusetts[1]
DiedDecember 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]
Alma materHarvard College
OccupationEducator;[1] Politician[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. Winsor, Justin (1897), Bibliographical Contributions. No. 52, Cambridge, MA: The Library of Harvard University, p. 33.
  2. 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, J. G.; Fiske, J., 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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