Henry Philip Tappan

Henry Philip Tappan

Birth
Rhinebeck, Dutchess County, New York, USA
Death 15 Nov 1881 (aged 76)
Vevey, District de la Riviera-Pays-d’Enhaut, Vaud, Switzerland
Burial Non-Cemetery Burial, Specifically: Buried at Vevey (possibly at his villa)
Memorial ID 55108524 · View Source
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Henry Philip Tappan was an American philosopher and educator. He was the first president of the University of Michigan (1852-1863).

He attended Union College where he studied under Eliphalet Nott, graduating Phi Beta Kappa in 1825. He also graduated from Auburn Theological Seminary. In addition, he served on the faculty of the University of the City of New York as a professor of philosophy. While at the University of the City of New York (now NYU), Tappan embarked on writing a series of philosophical treatises, that began to influence thinking in Europe. In 1845, he received a Doctor of Divinity degree from Union College.

He toured Europe between 1849 and 1851 and became increasingly convinced of the superiority of the "Prussian model" of public education, in which a complete system of primary schools, secondary schools, and a universities are administered by the state and supported with tax dollars

In 1852, he became the first president of the University of Michigan, where he stayed until 1863. Following his tenure at the Universtity of Michigan, Tappan moved his family to Europe. He finally settled in Vevey, Switzerland, where he died at his villa in 1881. He was buried in Vevey overlooking Lake Geneva.


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  • Created by: Ray Henry
  • Added: 18 Jul 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 55108524
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Henry Philip Tappan (18 Apr 1805–15 Nov 1881), Find a Grave Memorial no. 55108524, ; Maintained by Ray Henry (contributor 46815070) Non-Cemetery Burial, who reports a Buried at Vevey (possibly at his villa).