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William Oxley Thompson
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Birth: Nov. 5, 1855
Cambridge
Guernsey County
Ohio, USA
Death: Dec. 9, 1933

Educator and Pastor. Fifth President of the The Ohio State University. A 1878 Muskingum College graduate, he studied theology at Western Theological Seminary and became a Presbyterian pastor in 1882. He held pastorates in Iowa and Colorado, where he also took on the role of President of Longmont College, which led him into his second career as an education. He received his Ph.D. from Muskingum College in 1891 and became president of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio that same year. In 1899, he was appointed the 5th President of Ohio State and led the school into an unprecedented era of growth, transforming a small Land Grant college into one of America's major universities. During his over 25 year tenure, the school grew from 1000 to 10,000 students. The College of Education was added, and Ohio Stadium was built. He served on a number of government commissions during World War I. The Main Library at Ohio State is named in his honor, with a large 11 foot statue of him in front of the main entrance. He also served as moderator of the 138th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America (1926-1927). (bio by: Kenneth Gilbert) 
 
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 Parents:
  David Glenn Thompson (1814 - 1892)
  Agnes Miranda Oxley Thompson (1834 - 1910)
 
 Spouses:
  Estelle Clark Thompson (1862 - 1945)
  Helen Starr Brown Thompson (____ - 1890)*
 
 Children:
  Bessie Thompson Randall (1884 - 1932)*
  Bertha Allison Thompson (1886 - 1886)*
  Lorin Oxley Thompson (1888 - 1975)*
  Roger Brown Thompson (1890 - 1920)*
 
 Sibling:
  William Oxley Thompson (1855 - 1933)
  Sarah Thompson Bennett (1858 - 1904)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Green Lawn Cemetery
Columbus
Franklin County
Ohio, USA
 
Created by: Dave
Record added: Aug 27, 2007
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I spent significant time in the library that, bears your name, walked past your statue on the Oval daily for nearly 4 years... RIP sir.
- Scott Hawley
 Added: Apr. 23, 2013
President of Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, 1891-99
-Anonymous
 Added: Oct. 4, 2010
 
 
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