Abbott Lawrence Lowell

Abbott Lawrence Lowell

Birth
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 6 Jan 1943 (aged 86)
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 646 · View Source
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Educator, President of Harvard University. Lowell was known as the 22nd Harvard President, serving from 1909 to 1933. Born into a prominent Boston family, he was sent to Harvard University. He graduated Harvard Law School in 1880. Upon this, he operated a law practice in Boston for 17 years. In time, this occupation became unappealing to him and he soon turned to creating articles concerning political science. These articles later formed the book Essays on Government. More works of his include The Influence of Party upon Legislation in England and America and The Government of England. He remained involved with the affairs that occurred at Harvard, and, in 1909, upon the retirement of president Charles W. Eliot, Lowell was elected to office. During his tenure in office, his works included reintroducing required college courses and creating a system of tutorial that supported individual work. He is also known for increasing admission and distribution of scholarships across the nation. He was concerned about undergraduate education and took many actions to support this. Additionally, he decided on limiting the number of Jewish students admitted into the college. His final wish as president was to organize the Society of Fellows. During his term, many of the buildings on the campus were enlarged. He left office in 1933. Upon his leaving office, he became the head of the Boston Municipal Research Bureau. He also was deemed leader of the Motion Pictures Research Council. His health slowly deteriorated, and his hearing declined. He passed away at the age of 86. Today, one of seven original undergraduate houses at Harvard is named in his honor.

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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Abbott Lawrence Lowell (13 Dec 1856–6 Jan 1943), Find a Grave Memorial no. 646, citing Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .