Theophilus C. Abbot

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Theophilus Capen Abbot
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3rd President of the State Agricultural College, now Michigan State University
In office
Preceded by Lewis R. Fiske
Succeeded by Edwin Willits
Personal details
Born (1826-04-29)April 29, 1826
Vassalboro, Maine
Died November 7, 1892(1892-11-07) (aged 66)
Spouse(s) Sarah Merrylees
Children Mary Monat and Joseph Rodney
Alma mater Colby College
University of Michigan

Theophilus Capen Abbot (April 29, 1826 – November 7, 1892) was born in Vassalboro, Maine, and spent his early life in Augusta, Maine.


At the age of fifteen he entered Colby University (now Colby College) at Waterville, Maine. He graduated in 1845 and received his A.M. degree from Colby four years later.

After receiving the A.M. degree, Abbot taught in Vermont, at the Bangor Theological Seminary in Maine, at Colby University, in Berrien Springs, Michigan, and at the Union School in Ann Arbor. In 1858, Abbot accepted the Professorship of English Literature at the State Agricultural College (now Michigan State University). He also served as the treasurer of the college in 1860, and as secretary pro tempore of the State Board of Agriculture in 1861 and 1862. He then served as the President of the State Agricultural College from 1862 until 1885.

On July 5, 1860, Abbot married Sarah Merrylees, a teacher at the Union School in Ann Arbor, and had two children: Mary Monat (b. January 10, 1863; d. March 20, 1903) and Joseph Rodney (b. March 30, 1865).

In 1890, he received an LL.D. degree in 1890 from the University of Michigan.

Abbot Hall (attached to Mason Hall) in Michigan State University's North Neighborhood is named in his honor, as is Abbot Road in East Lansing, Michigan.


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Academic offices
Preceded by
Lewis R. Fiske
President of Michigan Agricultural College
Succeeded by
Edwin Willits