William DeWitt Hyde was a clergyman, an educator, and a scholar. While his numerous articles and books offer the most enduring form of evidence of his legacy, Hyde also helped the Auburn Street Congregational Church and Bowdoin College recover from some of their most difficult circumstances. However, his scholarly pursuits and his administrative efforts were not disparate expressions of his talents and interests. By contrast, the varying levels of influence forged upon him by schools of thought such as idealism and pragmatism led to his successes in both arenas. He reasoned that an individual's metaphysical inclinations create a structure of aspiration in which one's most instrumental efforts find purpose and meaning. He is remembered as a practical idealist who was considered by many of his contemporaries to be worthy of high regard.
From The Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers in Oxford Reference.