Albert E. Powers

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Albert E. Powers was the acting president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute from 1887-88. He was born on December 5, 1816 in Lansingburgh, New York. He entered Rensselaer as a student in 1834, but stayed for only four months. He married Frances Elizabeth Hanford in 1839, but she died in 1850. In 1841, he joined a business that was started by his father manufacturing oil cloth. In 1857, he married his second wife, Lucy Clark Allen. In 1861, he was appointed a trustee of Rensselaer and served as acting president in 1887-1888.


Academic offices
Preceded by
William Gurley
President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
1887 – 1888
Succeeded by
John H. Peck

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