Marion LeRoy Burton

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Marion LeRoy Burton
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President of the Smith College
Term 1910 – 1917
Predecessor Laurenus Clark Seelye
Successor William Allan Neilson
President of University of Minnesota
Term 1917 – 1920
Predecessor George Edgar Vincent
Successor Lotus Coffman
President of the University of Michigan
Term 1920 – 1925
Predecessor Harry Burns Hutchins
Successor Alfred Henry Lloyd
Born (1874-08-30)August 30, 1874
Brooklyn, Iowa
Died February 18, 1925(1925-02-18) (aged 50)
Brooklyn, Iowa

Marion LeRoy Burton (August 30, 1874 – February 18, 1925)[1] was the second president of Smith College, serving from 1910 to 1917. He left Smith to become president of the University of Minnesota from 1917 to 1920.

Burton grave, Forest Hill Cemetery

In that year, he became fifth president of the University of Michigan. He was the youngest man to hold the presidency at The University Of Michigan. He oversaw the construction of buildings on campus, earning Him the nickname "Burton the builder." Burton served until his death at age 50 from angina in February, 1925, following a heart attack in the fall of 1924.

While, the president of the University of Michigan he invited Robert Frost to be a Poet-in-Residence.

He was also a Congregational preacher in New York City.

Burton made the 1924 nominating speech for Calvin Coolidge for president at the National Republican Convention in June in Cleveland Ohio.

In addition to the Burton Memorial Tower on the University of Michigan campus, Burton Hall at the University of Minnesota,and Burton Hall at Smith College, there is a school, Marion L. Burton Elementary School, named after him in Huntington Woods, Michigan.


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Academic offices
Preceded by
Laurenus Clark Seelye
President of Smith College
Succeeded by
William Allan Neilson
Preceded by
George Vincent
President of the University of Minnesota
Succeeded by
Lotus Coffman
Preceded by
Harry Burns Hutchins
President of the University of Michigan
Succeeded by
Alfred Henry Lloyd