History of Tufts College, 1854-1896Start, Alaric Bertrand
DAVID L. MAULSBY, A.M.
DAVID LEE MAULSBY was born in Baltimore, Maryland, January 30, 1859. When about twelve years of age he entered the Baltimore High School, but left it at the end of two years to enter business. From 1873 to 1879 he was employed, first as clerk and then as bookkeeper, in his native city.
In the Fall of 1879 he entered Tufts Divinity School, but after spending two years there and preaching for one summer vacation, he came to the conclusion that the ministry was not his vocation, and set about fitting himself for the College of Letters. This he accomplished in two years, during a part of which time he was occupied in business. After his day's work, he was accustomed to meet Oscar H. Perry, '83, in Middle Hall and spend the evening reading Latin. He entered Tufts in the Fall of 1883, and was graduated in 1887.
Several offices fell to his lot during his college course, among them the presidency of his class, and of the Mathetican Society, and the Editor-in-chiefship of the "Tuftonian. " He was also Class Poet, and wrote a commencement part, on "Why study the Classics ? " He won the Latin Prose Prize, one second and one first Rhetorical Prize, and the Goddard Prize Scholarship in Oratory. While in college he joined the Zeta Psi Fraternity.
Immediately upon graduating from college, Mr. Maulsby was tendered the position of Principal of Goddard Seminary, Barre, Vermont, which he accepted, serving until March, 1891, when he was called to the chair of English Literature and Oratory at Tufts.
On July 9, 1889, he was married to Miss Lillian Frances Ayer, of Somerville, Massachusetts. They have two children.
In 1892 Professor Maulsby received the degree of A. M. from his Alma Mater. For three years, ending in November, 1895, he was the custodian of the Faculty records, first as Clerk and then as Secretary.
In addition to his work at the college he has lectured upon English Literature at the Boston College of Oratory, and has contributed prose and verse to various publications. He is the author of the words of the immortal " Brown and Blue."
The reproduction of "Ralph Roister Doister" in June, 1895, was a triumph for Professor Maulsby and for the college. He spared himself no labor which might contribute to the success of the piece, and the work done by the student actors reflected great credit on their Instructor.
Professor Maulsby was one of the organization members of the local chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. He is also a member of the New England Association of Colleges and Preparatory Schools, and takes an active interest in all educational questions of the day.
Published by the Class of 1897. The original contains appendices with a directory of alumni, the college catalog, and the college charter. These were not included in this addition.
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