Julius Hawley Seelye was born on 14 September 1824 in Bethel, Connecticut. He graduated with his BA in 1849 from Amherst College. He then studied at Auburn Theological Seminary, graduating in 1852. Seelye then studied philosophy at the University of Halle during 1851. He was ordained to the ministry in 1853 in Schenectady, New York, and served as minister of the First Reformed Dutch Church until 1858. Seelye became professor of mental and moral philosophy at Amherst College in Massachusetts in 1858. In 1875–6 he represented the Tenth District of Massachusetts in the Forty-fourth Congress.
From The Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers in Oxford Reference.