John Monteith (minister)

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John Monteith
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Born (1788-08-05)August 5, 1788
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Died April 5, 1868(1868-04-05) (aged 79)
Elyria, Ohio

Reverend John Monteith (August 5, 1788 – April 5, 1868)[1] was a Presbyterian minister and a founding father of the University of Michigan,[2] formerly known as University of Michigania, also known as the Catholepistemiad. Monteith served as president of the university from 1817 through 1821, when the office was abolished in favor of a Board of Trustees.

While the modern University of Michigan traces its founding date to the establishment of the University of Michigania in 1817, with Monteith serving as the actual first President, the official honor of serving as first president is reserved for Henry Philip Tappan, who was president in 1852 after the Michigan state constitution was rewritten in 1850 and the office of President of the University of Michigan was officially created.

Today the Reverend John Monteith is honored through the The John Monteith Legacy Society, the University's main scholarship trust.[3]


Academic offices
New title
University of Michigania founded
President of the University of Michigania
Office abolished until 1850
Title next held by
Henry Philip Tappan