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LATHROP, John Hiram, educator, born in Sherburne, Chenango County, New York, 22 January, 1799; died in Columbia, Missouri, 2 August, 1866. He was graduated at Yale in 1819, taught for three years at Farming-ton, Connecticut, and was tutor at Yale from 1822 till 1826, when he was admitted to the bar and began practice at Middletown, Connecticut; but after six months he resumed teaching at Norwich, Vermont, took charge a few months later of a scientific school at Gardiner, Maine, and became in 1829 professor of mathematics and natural philosophy in Hamilton college, Clinton, New York, and in 1835 of law, history, and political economy. He became president of Missouri university in 1840, in 1849 first chancellor of Wisconsin university, and in 1859 president of Indiana university, which post he resigned in 1860 and returned to Missouri university as professor of English literature, he was re-elected president in 1865, and held that office till his death. He received the degree of LL.D. from Hamilton in 1845. His published addresses discuss questions connected with higher education.
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