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Stone, Winthrop Ellsworth, 1862-1921

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: June 12, 1862 - July 17, 1921

Biographical Information

Winthrop E. Stone was the fifth President of Purdue University. He was born in Chesterfield, New Hampshire on June 12, 1862. Stone earned a Bachelor’s of Science from Massachusetts Agricultural College in Chemistry in 1882. He then spent several years studying at the University of Göttingen in Germany. He left in 1888 to work as chief chemist at the State of Tennessee Agricultural Experiment Station and then, in 1889, became professor of chemistry at Purdue University.

Stone was appointed to the post of Vice President of Purdue in November, 1892, making him the first vice president in the university’s history. He later became President of Purdue University following the death of President James H. Smart in February 1900. During his Administration, Stone developed the agriculture program, building the Agriculture Hall, the Agricultural Experimental Station, and various agricultural farms. Several others structures were completed during his tenure. Under his leadership, Purdue also developed its engineering, education, and home economics programs.

While vacationing in the Rocky Mountains of Canada, Stone died in 1921 when he fell during a mountain-climbing expedition on Mount Eon.

Citation

"Past Presidents." Purdue University Website. Purdue University Marketing and Media. Accessed February 24, 2009. http://www.purdue.edu/purdue/about/presidents.html

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Winthrop E. Stone papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 49
Abstract Papers, photographs, notebooks, and other miscellaneous materials documenting the life, academic career, and Purdue University Presidential Administration of Winthrop E. Stone.
Dates: 1870s-1920s; Other: Date acquired: 12/05/1985