Thomas Henry Burrowes
|Thomas Henry Burrowes|
Penn State University
|Preceded by||John Fraser|
|Succeeded by||James Calder|
November 16, 1805|
|Died||February 25, 1871
State College, Pennsylvania
Thomas Henry Burrowes (November 16, 1805 – February 25, 1871) was the fourth president of Pennsylvania State University, serving from 1868 until 1871. He also served as Secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania from 1835 until 1839. He also served as the ninth Mayor of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He was born in Strasburg, Pennsylvania in 1805 to Thomas Bredin Burrowes and Ann Henrietta Smith.
In 1868, Burrowes, an individual with much expertise in educational matters for the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, was consulted by the Board of Trustees, who were seeking his advice in their search for a new President. The College had been plagued by financial troubles and was in danger of closing its doors. Burrowes suggested that they first and foremost choose a man who held administrative abilities. Burrowes himself was then offered the position of President of the Agricultural College of Pennsylvania (as Penn State was called at the time), but accepted only after the annual salary was raised from $2000 to $3000 per year.
- Mayors of the City of Lancaster, PA. Retrieved on 2009-10-25.
- "Thomas H. Burrowes". The American Journal of Education 6. 1859.
- Klain, Zora (1947). "Review of Thomas Henry Burrowes, 1805–1871. (Mohr, Robert Landis)". The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 250 (1): 167.
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