Harlan Hatcher

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Harlan Hatcher
Harlan Hatcher.png
Hatcher c. 1962
President of the
University of Michigan
In office
Preceded by Alexander G. Ruthven
Succeeded by Robben Wright Fleming
Personal details
Born (1898-09-09)September 9, 1898
Ironton, Ohio
Died February 25, 1998(1998-02-25) (aged 99)
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Harlan Henthorne Hatcher (September 9, 1898 – February 25, 1998)[1] served as the eighth President of the University of Michigan from 1951 to 1967.


Harlan Henthorne Hatcher was born on September 9, 1898, in Ironton, Ohio.[1][2] He received a B.A., an M.A. and a Ph.D. from Ohio State University.[2] He also attended the University of Chicago as a graduate student.[2]

He worked as a Professor of American Literature at Ohio State University, then as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in 1944, and as Vice President in 1948.[1][2] In 1951, he became the eighth President of the University of Michigan.[1] He helped expand the budget from $44.5 million to more than $186 million, and enrollment from 17,000 to 37,000.[1][2] He also established additional campuses in Flint and Dearborn.[1] In 1954, he condoned the hearings of the House Un-American Activities Committee and fired two faculty members for suspicions of Communism.[2] He stepped down in 1967.[1] In 1968, the Graduate Library was named after him.[1] He wrote three novels and several academic volumes.[2]


  • Tunnel Hill (Bobbs-Merrill, 1931)
  • Patterns of Wolfpen (Johns Creek, Pike County, Kentucky) (Bobbs Merrill, 1934)
  • Creating the Modern American Novel (1935)
  • The Buckeye Country: A Pageant of Ohio (1940)
  • The Ohio Guide (1940, editor)
  • Modern American Dramas (1941)
  • "The Great Lakes" (Oxford University Press, 1944)
  • Lake Erie (1945)
  • A Century of Iron and Men (1950)
  • A Modern Repertory (1953)
  • Johnny Appleseed: A Voice in the Wilderness, The Story of the Pioneer John Chapman (1953)
  • A Pictoral History of the Great Lakes (1963)
  • Versification of Robert Browning (1969)
  • The Western Reserve: The Story of New Connecticut in Ohio