Milo Parker Jewett

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Milo Parker Jewett
Jewett circa 1860-1870
1st President of Vassar College
In office
Succeeded by John Howard Raymond
1st President of Judson College
In office
Succeeded by Archibald John Battle
Personal details
Born 27 April 1808
St. Johnsbury, Vermont, US
Died June 9, 1882(1882-06-09) (aged 74)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Profession Educator, college president
Jewett House, Vassar College, designed by Prof. Lewis Pitcher of Vassar College and the firm of Pitcher & Tachau

Milo Parker Jewett (27 April 1808 – 9 June 1882) was the 1st President of Vassar College from 1861 to 1864.


He was born at St. Johnsbury, Vermont on 27 April 1808. Jewett was a graduate of Dartmouth College (1828) and Andover Theological Seminary (1833).

He became professor of rhetoric and political economy two years later in Marietta College, Marietta, Ohio, then resigned in 1838 after adopting Baptist tenets.

He was the founder and first president of Judson College in 1838. He conducted the college until 1855. He then established Vassar College with Matthew Vassar where he became the first president in February 1861.[1] After a disagreement with Vassar, he resigned from his office in spring 1864[1] and in 1867 removed to Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

He died on 9 June 1882 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


The Milo Jewett House at Vassar is named after him in honor of both his promotion of female education and his service to the college.


  • Baptism (1840)
  • Education in Europe (1863)
  • Relations of Boards of Health and Intemperance (1874)
  • The Model Academy (1875)


  1. ^ a b Van Lengen, Karen; Reilly, Lisa (2004). The Campus Guide: Vassar College. New York City: Princeton Architectural Press. pp. 4–10. ISBN 1-56898-349-2.