January 7, 1851, Vernon, New York.
December 6, 1929 (possibly in Rome, New York, where he was living in 1924).
Hamilton College Cemetery, Clinton, New York.
Son of Rev. Isaac P. Stryker, Woolsey was educated at Hamilton College, Clinton, New York (1872), and Auburn Theological Seminary, New York City (1876). He entered the ministry in 1876, pastored at Presbyterian churches in Auburn, New York; Ithaca, New York (1878); Holyoke, Massachusetts (1883); and the Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago, Illinois; and served as president of Hamilton College, Clinton, New York (1892–1917). He was a student of hymnology, and published several volumes of hymns. His works include:
- New Alleluia (1880–86)
- The Church Praise Book, 1882
- Hymns and Verses, 1883
- Christian Chorals (New York: Biglow & Main, 1885).
- Song of Miriam and Other Hymns and Verses, 1888
- Church Song, 1889
- Dies Irae: The Great Dirge of Thomas De Celano (Fleming H. Revell, 1892)
- Lattermath: Hymns & Verses, Translated & Original (Utica, New York: William T. Smith & Company, 1895)
- College Hymnal, 1897 & 1904
- Almighty Lord, with One Accord
- Arouse Thy Church, Almighty God
- Burst Forth, O Bridegroom, from Thy Chamber Bright
- Death Cannot Make My Soul Afraid
- Eternal Day Hath Dawned
- Father, as Here We Bow
- Four Hundred Years Their Course Have Sped
- God of Our Fathers, Our God Today
- Lo, Where That Spotless Lamb for Sin Provided
- Man the Life-Boat!
- My Maker, at Thy Holy Throne
- O God, Thy Judgments Give the King
- O Thou, Eternal, Changeless, Infinite
- O Thou, Omnipresent
- O Thou Shepherd of Thine Israel
- Our God, and Our Redeemer
- Ring Again, Ye Starry Chime
- Robbed, Bruised, and Dying, Once I Lay
- Sing, Every Boy and Maiden
- Sing, Israel, for the Lord Your Strength
- Thou, Lord of My Life
- Thy Grace Is All of Grace
- Thy Kingdom Come, O Blessed Son of God
- Tranquilly, Slowly, Solemnly, Lowly
- Tribes of Faith from All the Earth, The
- We Close Thy Blessed Word
- When the Everlasting Lord
- While All the Night-Stars Fade and Wane