Theophilus C. Abbot
|Theophilus Capen Abbot|
|3rd President of the State Agricultural College, now Michigan State University|
|Preceded by||Lewis R. Fiske|
|Succeeded by||Edwin Willits|
April 29, 1826|
|Died||November 7, 1892(aged 66)|
|Children||Mary Monat and Joseph Rodney|
|Alma mater||Colby College
University of Michigan
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. 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 the Michigan State University's North Neighborhood is named in his honor, as is Abbot Road in East Lansing, Michigan.
- Biographical Information (Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections)
- Theophilus Capen Abbot on LocalWiki
- Reports of the Superintendent of Public Instruction of the State of Michigan, Lansing, MI: Hosmer & Kerr, 1858, pp. 437–443
Lewis R. Fiske
|President of Michigan Agricultural College
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