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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 3 Collections and/or Records:

Charles and Alice Shaw Major papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSP 82
Scope and Contents The Charles and Alice Shaw Major Papers (1847-1949; 51.25 cubic feet) document the personal and professional life of Charles Major and his wife Alice Major. Charles Major was an author and a member of the Purdue University board of trustees. The papers consist of Charles Major's literary works, materials from various theatrical productions, poetry written by Major, sketches, and materials from Major’s law career. The Majors' personal life is represented by the materials collected by Alice...
Dates: 1847-1949; Majority of material found within 1890-1924; Event: Date acquired: 11/30/1926

Horton B. Knoll papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSF 521
Scope and Contents The Horton B. Knoll papers document Knoll's research, working papers, notes and typescripts for his books, A record of a university in the war years, 1941-1945, published in 1947, and The Story of Purdue Engineering, published in 1963. Also included among the papers is research material, working papers, notes and information related to Purdue presidents Owen, Smart, Stone Elliott and Hovde. There is also information Knoll compiled for his intended biography of John Purdue, and historical...
Dates: 1865 - 1981; Majority of material found within 1940 - 1963

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