Henry H. Goodell


Henry Hill Goodell (May 20, 1839April 23, 1905) was a professor of English and history, a lieutenant during the American Civil War, and one of the founders of the Massachusetts Agricultural College (presently known as the University of Massachusetts Amherst), where he served as the first director of the Hatch Experimental Station, the first college librarian and ultimately its library founder, and went on to become the seventh and longest-serving president of the institution's history.


  • Books are the tools of both teacher and pupil. A library is perhaps the most important adjunct of instruction. It is open to all and is used by all. In every department of science throughout the world the keenest intellects are at work, seeking for solutions to the unending series of problems that present themselves in the physical and natural world . 'Light, more light,' said the dying philosopher, and the longing of the world is but the echo of his last faint cry. To do our duty and to give reply to the many demands made upon us requires all the light and all the experience of other minds, wheresoever they may be found.
    • Thirty-Seventh Annual Report of the Massachusetts Agricultural College, (1900), p. 17.

Quotes about Goodell

  • He was an excellent disciplinarian, a splendid teacher, and a man looking for the good in everybody, which he invariably found and brought out. Great in his goodness of character and life, and of charming personality, he left a lasting impress on the annals of this institution.
    • William H. Bowker, The Old Guard; the Famous "Faculty of Four (1908), p. 8.