Andrew Dickson White (1832-1918)

Andrew Dickson White was an American educator and diplomat who was the founder and first president of Cornell University. Frustrated with American universities such as Yale, White wished to found a school more similar to the European university, with its freedom and breadth. In 1864 White was elected a U.S. senator and found himself chairman of the Senate's committee on education. He convinced Ezra Cornell to endow the "People's College" in Ithaca, of which White became president. In 1892 President Harrison made him minister to Russia. Then President McKinley appointed him minister to Germany, during which time his chief accomplishment was the creation of a court of arbitration at the Hague Conference (1899).

Date:
1875 circa 15 years
Original Format:
Photographic Print
Item#:
MES03652
Height:
846px
Width:
632px
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