Guide to the William P. Kelly Family Papers, 1851 - 1940Manuscript MS-1226


William Powers Kelly, Dartmouth class of 1886, was born in Troy, Ohio on December 30, 1865 to David Kelly and Ellen Powers. Kelly, known as "Biff" while at Dartmouth, was the art editor of the '86 Aegis, sang in the Glee Club and Quartette, was commissary of the Swett Club, and was a member of Theta Delta Chi fraternity. He married Lillian M. Lee on July 9, 1896. They had two children, David (Rutgers '20, Harvard Law '26) and Dr. William P. Jr. (Dartmouth '23, Columbia Med '26). Kelly had a long career as an educator, serving as principal of Northwood Academy, teacher at Worcester Academy and South Hadley High School, superintendent in Hudson, MA, Attleboro, MA, and Meriden, CT, and lastly headmaster of Rutgers Preparatory School. He was an active member of the Class of 1886, serving variously as secretary, class agent, and treasurer after graduation. He died on March 27, 1953 in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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