Charles Henry Fowler
|Charles Henry Fowler|
|President of Northwestern University|
|Term||1873 – 1876|
|Predecessor||Erastus Otis Haven|
August 11, 1837|
Burford Ontario, Canada
|Died||March 20, 1908
New York City, New York
|Alma mater||Genesee Wesleyan Seminary|
|Spouse||Myra Amanda Hitchcock (1842-1918)|
Charles Henry Fowler (August 11, 1837 – March 20, 1908) was a Canadian-American Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church ( elected in 1884) and President of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois from 1872 to 1876.
Charles was born in Burford Ontario, Canada. At the age of four he was taken to Illinois, U.S.A.Charles spent some time at the Rock River Seminary in Illinois. Then he entered the Genesee Wesleyan Seminary at Lima, Livingston County, New York (which became Syracuse University), graduating in 1859. He received the honors of his class and had been the student of another President of Northwestern University, Joseph Cummings, who taught at the seminary from 1854-1867. He matriculated at the Garrett Biblical Institute (connected to Northwestern University) in Evanston, Illinois, from which he graduated in 1861.
At one time he was engaged to Frances E. Willard, famous suffragette and first Dean of Women of Northwestern University. Their split eventually resulted in her ouster from that position by Fowler.
The Rev. Fowler joined the Rock River Annual Conference in 1861. He served in the pastorate for twelve years, all in the city of Chicago. He collected $40,000 in Eastern cities for the relief of Chicago's churches following the Great Chicago Fire. In 1872 the Rev. Dr. Fowler became the President of Northwestern University in Evanston, having declined this same position in 1861. Four years later he was made Editor of the Christian Advocate based in New York City, an important Methodist periodical of that day. In 1880 he was elected Missionary Secretary of his denomination. In 1884 he was elected to the Episcopacy by the General Conference of the M.E. Church. During a large part of his episcopal service his residence was in San Francisco.
Founding the College of Puget Sound
- "Northwestern University Biography of Charles Fowler".
- Pridmore, Jay (2000). Northwestern University: Celebrating 150 Years. Evanston, Illinois: Northwestern University Press. ISBN 0-8101-1829-7.
- "Wesleyan University Biography of Joseph Cummings".
- Walter Davis, "University of Puget Sound," in Told By the Pioneers, Works Progress Administration, 3 vols. 1937-38; scanned copy archived at the Flickr page of the University of Puget Sound Department of Politics and Government
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