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President-Emeritus Jams B. Angell




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.thcm, was iishcredl
Lder of democracy
~eU was born in
tary 7, 1829.
pent in the atmos-
. His preparatory,
iined at Smnithville
Uni 'ersity Gram-
.d .c . He gradu-
niverAty at the age
e Phi Beta Kappj
iegree with highes.

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Arian at Prown
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.1 the south
i two-year toli
von up the i:le;
try, ho stUdic(
Kto enle,- th
trip i1 Europ,
t with the cr-
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hs procured r

--Reiiet Portrait by Karl Bitter.

esided in that part of
ey were not sure bu'
ie of these disturbers.
them that they must
iccent, that he was not
satisfactory arrange-
y made.
:rown University to the
n languages, interrupt-
enter the engineering
ching, he married Sar-
ell, November 26, 1855
er he became editor of
Journal, which paper
ed on page 4.)

Editor, The Michigan Daily:-
On this happy occasion, I cannot do
better than ask you to reprint what I
said to my classes on the occasion of
Dr. Angell's resignation of the presi-
dency. I saw him first on April 27
1896, when I came to Ann Arbor, tc
study my new field of labor. He enter-
tained me for a month then, and I
came to know him well. Ever since,
through good report and ill, he has
permitted me to be his friend and, lat-
terly, our relations have been rather
more than those of a father and a son
than of a chief and his lieutenant.
"The impending resignation of Pres-
ident Angell constitutes an epoch-
nothing less-in the history of the uni-
versity. You younger folk, with slight
experience of the world, cannot be ex-
pected to realize that great men are
few and far between; nor can you be
expected to appreciate the privilege of
contact with authentic greatness. A
kind Fate has been generous enough
to throw me into close relations with
several of the leaders who made the-
nineteenth century what it was. And,
today, I desire you to understand that
Dr. Angell graces their fast thinning
Remember you will not meet real
greatness often in your future career.
The more reason, then, to assure
yourselves that it has moved familiar-
ly among you, and met you face to face,
with characteristic unobtrusiveness,
during your student days. Mark it well
now while you may, and keep the re-
(Continued on page 4.)

Some Spent More Than 30 Years o'
Ser ice; Prof. Beman Oldest
Active Associate.
Ten professors, some or whom are
now active members of the faculty,
have been co-workers with President-
Emeritus James B. Angell during al-
most the entire time of his service in
the university.
More than two score years ago the
oldest active professor on the faculty
of the University of Michigan began
his duties. In 1871 Wooster Woodruff
Beman was appointed instructor in
mathematics, and 16 years later was
made professor, in which capacity he
has served until the present time.
In 1867 Martin Luther D'Ooge
was appointed assistant professor of
ancient languages and a year later was
made professor of Greek. For 42 years
Professor D'Ooge continue: in active
service on the teaching staff, and in
1909 was retired at his own request,
and made Professor-Emer:tus of
Greek. From 1889 to 1897 he acted as
dean of the literary department.
Isaac Newton Demmon first entered
the service of the university in 187,, as
assistant professor of EngLiish and
rhetoric, and in 1903 was made profes-
sor of English and head of that de-
In 1877 Raymond C.zallis Davis was
appointed Librarian of the university
library, which position he held .until
1905, when he was retired at his own
request and made Librarian-Emeritus.
Since 1882 he has conducted a lecture
course on Bibliography.
Victor Clarence Vaughan, dean of
the department of medicine and sur-
gery, first became a member of the
medical faculty in 1879. In 1887 he
was appointed director of the Hygienic
laboratory, and four years later be-
came dean of the department. He is
president of the American Medical as-
sociation, and is a member of the
French and Hungarian societies of hy-

giene. During the Spansh-American
war, Dr. Vaughan was a member of
the sanitation board, and has been
identified with the government as an
expert in physiological chemistry.
Richard Hudson was appointed as-
sistant professor of history in 187.,
and was made professor in 1888. He
was dean of the literary department
from 1897 to 1907. In 1911 he was
retired as Professor-Emeritus of his-
H enry Carter Adams first entered
the service of the university in 1881
as a lecturer in political economy. Six
years later he was made professor of
political economy and finance, and
since that time has continued in that
position. For 24 years 1, was statis-
tician of the interstate commerce con-

mission, resigning in 1911. He is a
member of the American Economic as-
sociation, and is internationally rec-
ognized as an expert statistician. He
is now absent on leave, having been
employed by the Chinese government,
to aid in standardizing the railways.
Mortimer Elwyn Cooley was gradu-
ated from the U. S. Naval Academy in
1878 and three years later was ap-
Pointed professor of mechanical engi-
neering at the university,. Since 1904
has been dean of the engineering
he artment. :He is a member of sever-
al engineering societies, and has been
largely employed as consulting engi-.
neer and for appraisal of railroad
eqrinment, and electrical properties.
Henry Smith Carhart became a
(Continued on page 4.)

President-Emeritus James B. Angell
is 85 years old today.
"No, I don't think there is anythin
I can say to the students," he said, "I
was with them a great many years,
and there are others who can give
them messages now. I can only thank
the boys for remembering that 1 have
a birthday."
This, of course., is the simplest and
and kindest message he could have
The reporter had been shown intc
Dr. Angel's study, a rather large
room, lined with shelves of books.
reaching almost to the ceiling. At the
desk near the center sat the aged
president, who looked up over th
books and papers. He arose with a
smile, and the visitor realized that
here was a great and simple man. "Sit
down," he said, and after an exchange
Af greetings, he sat at his desk again.
When asked about his health, the olt
president laughed frankly, "Just a
well as I ever was," he said, "a little
lame sometimes on account of a fa
on the ice a few ye;rs ago. Aside fron:
that I am just as well as ever." And
he looked it.
"Are you able to read to any extent?'
was asked.
"Oh yes," he answered, "every day
I manage to read, study and write s
ittle." The books, which lined th
'alls, really looked like books which
were read, In contrast to many privat,
libraries, which have an artificial, un-
read atmosphere. Two volumes on th
desk were opened, and there was r
sheet on which Dr. Angell had bee:
It wa a dark afternoon, and th
light from the window dimly lighted
his face, showing an unmistakable loolp
of honesty and contentment, with a
tone of sly humor and a tinge of re-
straint. It was less by what he sali
than by his gentle manner that the vis-
itor was impressed. Every word was
clearly enunciated. He smiled during
the entire interview, and there were
little gusts of hearty laughter.
By Dr. Angell, one Is made to feel
the modesty and simplicity of real
He was asked about various topics
and in each case was careful to weigh
both sides of the question. "I suppose,'
he said, "that like other old men I am
conservative." But the very fact that
he looked for the tendency in himself
Editor, The Michigan Daily:-
The approach of his eighty-fifth
birthday brings vividly to mind the
many noble qualities and .the distin-
guished services of our honored and
beloved President-Emeritus. I am
asked by you to write a word of ap-
preciation and I gladly comply.
Doctor Angell came to the university
in 1871. My acquaintance with him
dates from the commencement day of
that year, when it was my privilege to
listen to his inaugural, and to receive
from his hand my graduating diploma.
While never my teacher in the ordi-
nary acceptation of that word, yet in
a larger and more effective way he
has for years been my teacher. And
this I am sure would, if occasion of-
fered, be the testimony of all who have
come within the range of his gracious,
and yet compelling influence, as man
and friend.
It comes to but few to contribute
to the upbuilding of character and ef-
fectiveness to so large an extent as
has Doctor Angell, For more than a
generation he was a direct and force-
ful molding influence, not only with

the thousands of students who looked
to him for advice and ,guidance, but
also with the many with 'whom he
came in contact as citizen and public
servant. In the quiet of his well-
earned freedom from public responsi-
bilities, his presence is a continuing
benediction. Scholar, teacher, journ-
alist, universit: president, orator, dip-
olmat, first cis izen of the Common-
wealth; may hE long be spared to us.

4' * * * * * * 4 e 4
* Editor, The Michigan Daily:-
* In compliance with your re
* quest that I should send o
* some message on my eighty-fift
* birthday, January 7, 1 beg t
thank the alumni, who on my r
* covery from my recent illness
* sent me kind messages, man
* from varis parts of this court
* try, and some even from foreig
* lands.
S * * * 4' * * .* * *
showed the breadth of his conse
In speaking of schools, he said
the advent of the high school
easily within his momory. When a
he attended a village school in
east. "In those days," he said,
boy depended upon the village se
naster for his early training." He
that he was not well acquainted
the needs of the country school in
west, but believed the, grade sc
,f the east to be stronger for ha'
been originally the sole educati
factor for the child.
He spoke against specialization
early in life. "I am very zealous
a classical trainig," he said, "the q
things will come, or we have thei
begin with. First of all let the
Wet a firm foundation." He said
the present day college student
cializes too early, and he was opp,
to the cry for manual training
grade schools and high schools.
the whole," he added, "I am a g
lover of the classics."
"What do you believe to be the
mate purpose of a college educatie
was asked.
"I don't think that I can adequa
answer that in a word," he said, '
I suppose it is to train and dis4
the mind." He said that this wa c
all through life, but that a thoc
university training gave the
ground work.
He discussed journalism, and s
of the need of greater strength in s
country papers. "I think that th c
try paper has greatly declned,"he
"I can remember when the editor
some of the smallest journals v
real students of government. It w
pay you to read the editorials in s
of the country papers of several y
"How will you spend your bi
day ?" asked the visitor, about to g
Dr. Angell laughed, "Just like
other day," he said, "I don't have
On the whole he preferred to tal
the little commonplaces of life.
was interested in the home and aim
the interviewer, and by his candi
terest in these things, it was eas
see how he has beecome a part c
many lives. In all that he sai
seemed to have a happy, optim
philosophy, an interest in manl
and a desire to serve it, as his life
It has been said, "Had Abraham
coin gone to college, Ann Arbor w
have been the only one in America
would have attracted him, and Dr.
gell would have been his teacher.
Foreword of Inaugural Address i
by Dr. Angell When President
to 'Be Published,
The 1914 Michiganensian will
dedicated to President-Emeritus J
B. Angell. This announcement
made yesterday by Robert Sturte
'14, editor of the annual. The
book was last dedicated to Doctor
geli in 1908.

Along with the dedicatory eng
ing will be published a foreword, N
ten by Doctor Angell and taken r
ly from his inaugural address, mac
the time of his assuming the presi
cy of the university, 43 years ago.
Dr. Angell Will Talk to Women's
Dr. Angell will address the girl:
ucational club at its meeting w,
will be held in Newberry Hall :
3:00 to 4:00 o'clock Friday aftern

"Well done, thou good ani humble nessed the erection of fifteen univer-
servant!" s y buildings, including three hospit-
lif ever a man deserved these words, als, the chemical, dental, law, medical,
i: is old "Sammy" Bayliss, ) 1109" engineering buildings, the library, mu-
years in the service of Dr. Angel as both gHill audito
butler and houseman numer ones.
more than thirty. rium, W est hall, Tappan hall, New--
According to "Sammy's" story, he berry hall and Ferry field.
and a boyhood chum left their Cana- In the course of years "Sammy," in
dian birthplace to see the sights of the his capacity as butler and houseman,
world. The chum came to Ann Arbor has served many men of national and
to become the houseman of Dr. 14. P. international fame, who were guests
iall, and "Sammy" found work in Su- at the home of Dr. Angell. "Sammy"
ler:or, Mich. In 1874 Dr. Hall learned has served Presidents Harrison, Cleve-
that President Angell was in need of Imd, Roosevelt and Wilson; President-
a houseboy. He journeyed to Superior Emeritus Eliot of Harvard, and scores
and brought "Sammy" to Ann Arbor, of governors, senators and congress-
and into the service of the reccatly men.
installed university president, where \hen pressed for a closer remem-
he has lived for thirty years. brance of those famous men, "Sammy"
Only four men have spent a longer said," Lawd, I'd need the memory of a
time on the Michigan campus than professor to recall the names of all the
has "Sammy" Bayliss, two of thos famous men I have waited on."
men being Dr. James 1,. Angeli ain In spite of his numerous years,
President Harry B. Hutchins. During "Sammy" is still hale, hearty and-
those years, "Sammy" has seen thl> fat. In his estimation, there is only
University of Michigan grow from a one man on the campus whose vitality
school of seven buildings and a thoun- is greater than his own, and that is
and students to a great university i\f his employer and idol, Dr. Angell. It
six thousand students, house i1 in thir- is "Sammy's" ambition to be able to
ty buildings, and led by a f: lty of walk more than two miles a day in!
more than half a thousand. any sort of weather, when he hasI
During his connection with.Dr. An- reached the ripe old age of eighty-five,'
gell 's household, "Sammy" has wit- and enjoy it, as does Dr. Angell.

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