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Caption: "Joseph Cummings: President of Northwestern University from 1881 until his death in 1890". From text: "Before Dr. Joseph Cummings was chosen as president on June 21, 1881, the University had passed through five years of severe financial retrenchment and painful anxieties. ... The financial aspect of the affairs of the University began greatly to improve about this period, and the new administration of Dr. Cummings was marked as a 'transition from a period of solicitude to one of confidence.'... Dr. Cummings was a large man physically, tall and broad shouldered, and was called, like another great man of the time, 'the Grand Old Man.'.. He seemed indeed to inspire a kind of hero worship among those around him, and it thus becomes difficult to get an estimate of his administration, as every one who has written upon the subject seems completely preoccupied and spell bound by his attractive and impressive personality.
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign|
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University Library|
|Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.)|
Cummings, Joseph, 1817-1890
Universities College presidents
|Evanston , IL|
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