Caleb Mills

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Caleb Mills from Who-When-What Book, 1900

Caleb Mills (1806–1879) was an American educator and the first faculty member of Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana. He helped to construct the public education system of Indiana. Mills came to Wabash College in 1833, after graduating from Dartmouth College and Andover Seminary, to become the first professor and the principal of the preparatory school (Osborne 1932, p. 31). He was elected to the Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction in 1854 (Osborne 1932, p. 68), and he remained on the faculty of Wabash College until his death in 1880 (Osborne 1932, p. 144).

Indiana State University has recognized Mills' immeasurable contributions to education in Indiana by naming one of their residence halls for Mills. In addition, the highest university honor an Indiana State faculty member can receive is the 'Caleb Mills Teaching Award.


  • Osborne, James Insley, and Theodore Gregory Gronert (1932). Wabash College: The First Hundred Years, 1832-1932. R. E. Banta, Crawfordsville, Indiana

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