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UMC Leaders: 1841 - 1866
John Hiram Lathrop, 1841 - 1849, 1865 - 1866
After serving as UMC's first president, Lathrop left to hold the same "first" honor at the University of Wisconsin, and returned to UMC at the end of his career.
The Lathrop residence hall is named in his honor.
James Shannon, 1850 - 1856
In addition to being a learned speaker in both Greek and Latin, Shannon also was a Disciples of Christ preacher. He traveled and gave speeches extensively during his tenure, and at one time participated in a student meeting to encourage volunteers for the invasion of Kansas.
Benjamin B. Minor, 1860 - 1862
Minor was a Virginia lawyer before his appointment to president. He had little time to make his mark -- the Board of Curators suspended operations in March 1862 due to the Civil War. When preparing to re-open the University in the fall of 1862, they declined to reelect Minor -- some cited his Virginian background as a factor. A search committee for a new president was established. They filled the job in 1866.
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