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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 2 Collections and/or Records:

Purdue University Rules and Regulations Governing Students collection

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSK 2
Scope and Contents The Purdue University Rules and Regulations Governing Students collection documents some of the earliest Purdue student rules and regulations. Among the collection are various "Rules and Regulations Governing Students" brochures; pledge forms regulating behavior, "Matriculation Regulations and Pledge," a 1913 Regulations for the Government of Athletics and "Manual of the Corps of Instruction," 1914.Some of the unique rules and regulations found in the collection are; Dormitory...
Dates: circa 1880 - 1950

Purdue University School of Medicine collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSP 174
Scope and Contents The Purdue University School of Medicine collection documents the early history of the Purdue and Indiana University Schools of Medicine. The collection provides a wealth of correspondence in regards to the union of the three Medical Colleges in forming a single School of Medicine at Indianapolis, as the Medical Department of Purdue University. Many of the letters are between Purdue President W.E. Stone, Indiana University President William L. Bryan, and the teaching staff of the Indiana...
Dates: 1895 - 1997; Majority of material found within 1905 - 1907