Samuel Charles Black

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Samuel Charles Black
Samuel Charles Black 1869 W&J.jpg
Fifth President of Washington & Jefferson College
In office
October 22, 1919 – July 25, 1921
Preceded by Frederick W. Hinitt
Succeeded by Simon Strousse Baker
Personal details
Born September 6, 1869
Monticello, Iowa
Died July 25, 1921(1921-07-25) (aged 51)
Denver, Colorado
Resting place Clarinda, Iowa
Alma mater Parsons College
Religion Presbyterian

Samuel Charles Black was the fifth president of Washington & Jefferson College.[1]

Photo of President Black published in his book Plain Answers to Religious Questions Modern Men Are Asking.

Black was born on September 6, 1869, at Monticello, Iowa and graduated from Parsons College. He was Washington & Jefferson College on April 18, 1919 and was inaugurated October 22, 1919.[1] By the spring of 1920, the college had the largest enrollment in any one year during its history, increasing from the low point during the World War I years to 368 men freshmen.[1] Black took leave of the college for summer of 1921 to marry.[1] While on a honeymoon tour of national parks in Colorado, he became sick and died in Denver, Colorado on July 25, 1921.[1] He was buried in Clarinda, Iowa, the home of his parents.[1]



  1. ^ a b c d e f "Samuel Charles Black (1919-1921)". U. Grant Miller Library Digital Archives. Washington & Jefferson College. 2003-09-04. 

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Academic offices
Preceded by
William E. Slemmons (Interim)
President of Washington and Jefferson College
Succeeded by
Simon Strousse Baker