Evan Pugh, Penn State's first president

Evan Pugh, Penn State's first president

Evan Pugh, the first president of Penn State

Evan Pugh (February 29, 1828 – April 29, 1864) was the first president of the Pennsylvania State University, serving from 1859 until his death from typhoid in 1864. An agricultural chemist, he was responsible for securing Penn State's designation in 1863 as a land-grant institution under the Morrill Land Grant Act.

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