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When the Regents removed Glenn Frank from the presidency in January 1937, George Sellery, dean of the College of Letters and Science and a critic of Frank, was made acting president, a position he held for only six months.
George Sellery was born on January 21, 1872, in Kincardine, Ontario, Canada. He received his BA in 1897 from the University of Toronto and his PhD in history from the University of Chicago in 1901. In that year he also joined the faculty at Wisconsin as an instructor in history, becoming a full professor in 1909. He served as director of the summer school from 1906-1911 and Dean of the College of Letters and Science from 1919 until his retirement in 1942.
He died in Madison on January 21, 1962, his 90th birthday.