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Golden, Michael Joseph, 1862-1918



  • Existence: 1862 - 1918

Biographical Information

Michael J. Golden earned his certification in practical mechanics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Growing up in a poor Irish family, Golden worked as a mill boy in Lawrence, Massachusetts. He paid for his tuition to MIT working as a sparring partner in the popular boxing rings of the era.

M. J. Golden taught Practical Mechanics at Purdue University from 1884 to 1918. He was named director of practical mechanics in 1890 until he retired from the University in 1918. Golden earned a bachelor and a professional degree of mechanical engineering while teaching at Purdue University. The Michael Golden Shops were named in his honor in 1921.


A Century and Beyond: The History of Purdue University

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Michael J. Golden papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSF 145
Scope and Contents The Michael J. Golden papers contain lecture notes, course syllabi, an article written by Michael Golden, another article about him (author unknown), and two copies of An Elementary Course In Wood Turning by Golden.
Dates: 1910

Michael Golden Shops records

 Collection — Box: Communal Collections 60, Placement: 07
Identifier: UA 119
Scope and Contents The Michael Golden Shops records contain invitations and pamphlets from the building dedication as well as an information pamphlet describing the building and the classes offered by the Department of Practical Mechanics.
Dates: 1910 - 1921