Eisenhart, Luther Pfahler, 1876-1965

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Luther P. (Pfahler) Eisenhart taught mathematics at Princeton and was one of the original preceptors appointed in 1905 by Princeton University president Woodrow Wilson. He was born on January 13, 1876 to Charles Augustus Eisenhart and Emma Catherine Pfahler Eisenhart in York, Pennsylvania. Eisenhart received his B.A. in Mathematics from Gettysburg College in 1896 and a doctorate from Johns Hopkins University in 1900. Eisenhart became an instructor at Princeton University in 1900; Wilson named him a preceptor in 1905. He became a professor of mathematics in 1909, was Dean of the Faculty from 1925-1933, Chairman of the Mathematics Department from 1929-1945 and Dean of the Graduate School from 1933-1945. He was active in the post-World War I reform of the educational program at Princeton and was the originator of the famous four-course plan of study in the last two years of undergraduate studies. Adopted in 1923, this program of independent reading and research culminating in an undergraduate thesis continues to be in effect at Princeton. Eisenhart married Anna Maria Dandridge Mitchell in 1908; they had one son. Following his wife's death in 1913, Eisenhart wed Katharine Riely Schmidt in 1918; they had two daughters. Eisenhart died in Princeton on October 28, 1965.

From the description of Luther P. Eisenhart collection on Woodrow Wilson, 1902-1960. (Peking University Library). WorldCat record id: 156056264

From the guide to the Luther P. Eisenhart Collection on Woodrow Wilson, 1902-1960, (Princeton University. Library. Dept. of Rare Books and Special Collections)

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creatorOf Peden, William (William Harwood), 1913-1999. Papers of William Harwood Peden [manuscript], 1935-1968. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Eisenhart, Luther Pfahler, 1876-1965. Luther P. Eisenhart collection on Woodrow Wilson, 1902-1960. Princeton University Library
referencedIn Eisenhart, Churchill,. Oral history interview with Chruchill Eisenhart, 1984 July 10. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Eisenhart, Luther Pfahler, 1876-1965. Correspondence with Theodore Dreiser, 1931. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Princeton University. Office of the Dean of the Faculty. Office of Dean of the Faculty Records, 1781-2005. Princeton University Library
referencedIn Papers, 1853-2005 (inclusive), 1939-2003 (bulk). Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Princeton University. Dept. of Mathematics. Department of Mathematics Oral History Project records, 1985. Princeton University Library
referencedIn Eisenhart, Churchill. Oral history interview with Chruchill Eisenhart, 1984 July 10. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Covington, Annette, 1872-1964. Annette Covington letters to Luther P. Eisenhart, 1935-1953. Princeton University Library
referencedIn Tucker, Albert W. (Albert William), 1905-1995,. Oral history interview with Albert W. Tucker, 1984 July 13. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Luther P. Eisenhart Collection on Woodrow Wilson, 1902-1960 Princeton University. Library. Dept. of Rare Books and Special Collections.Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library. Public Policy Papers.
referencedIn William Francis Gray Swann Papers, 1903-1962 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn John Archibald Wheeler Papers, 1880-2008, 1880-2008 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection, 1668-1983, Bulk, 1750-1850, 1668-1983 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn George Sarton additional papers, 1901-1956. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Office of Dean of the Faculty Records, 1781-2012 Princeton University. Library. Dept. of Rare Books and Special Collections.Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library. Princeton University Archives.
referencedIn Givens, James Wallace, 1910-. Oral history interview with James Wallace Givens, Leon Henkin, Angus Ellis Taylor, and Abraham Haskel Taub, 1984 May 18. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Department of Mathematics Oral History Project records, 1985 Princeton University. Library. Dept. of Rare Books and Special Collections.Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library. Princeton University Archives.
referencedIn Harrington, Marshall Cathcart, 1904-. Response to early 1930s Ph.D.s Survey, 1980. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn American Philosophical Society Archives. Record Group IIj, 1898-1988 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn George Sarton additional papers, 1901-1956. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Tucker, Albert W. (Albert William), 1905-1995,. Oral history interview with Albert W. Tucker, 1975 Sept. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
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associatedWith Agassiz, Louis, 1807-1873 person
associatedWith American Philosophical Society. corporateBody
associatedWith Banks, Joseph, Sir, 1743-1820 person
associatedWith Cooper, Thomas, 1759-1839 person
associatedWith Coues, Elliott, 1842-1899 person
associatedWith Covington, Annette, 1872-1964. person
associatedWith Cuvier, Georges, Baron, 1769-1832 person
associatedWith Darlington, William, 1782-1863 person
associatedWith Eccles, Mary Hyde. person
associatedWith Edison, Thomas A., (Thomas Alva), 1847-1931 person
associatedWith Einstein, Albert, 1879-1955 person
associatedWith Eisenhart, Churchill. person
associatedWith Everett, Edward, 1794-1865 person
associatedWith Fitch, John person
associatedWith Genth, F. A., (Frederick Augustus), 1820-1893 person
associatedWith Givens, James Wallace, 1910- person
associatedWith Gray, Asa, 1810-1888 person
associatedWith Greeley, Horace, 1811-1872 person
associatedWith Harding, Warren G. person
associatedWith Harrington, Marshall Cathcart, 1904- person
associatedWith Newcomb, Simon person
associatedWith Newton, Isaac, Sir, 1642-1727 person
associatedWith Peden, William (William Harwood), 1913-1999. person
associatedWith Poinsett, Joel Roberts, 1779-1851 person
associatedWith Princeton University corporateBody
associatedWith Princeton University. Dept. of Mathematics. corporateBody
associatedWith Princeton University. Office of the Dean of the Faculty. corporateBody
associatedWith Rittenhouse, David, 1732-1796 person
associatedWith Rush, Benjamin, 1746-1813 person
correspondedWith Sarton, George, 1884-1956 person
associatedWith Schoolcraft, Henry Rowe, 1793-1864 person
associatedWith Seybert, Adam, 1773-1825 person
associatedWith Sparks, Jared, 1789-1866 person
associatedWith Stevens, Henry person
associatedWith Sully, Thomas, 1783-1872 person
associatedWith Swann, William F. person
associatedWith Thomson, Charles, 1729-1824 person
associatedWith Tucker, Albert W. (Albert William), 1905-1995, person
associatedWith Waterton, Charles, 1782-1865 person
associatedWith Wayne, Anthony person
associatedWith Wheeler, John Archibald, 1911-2008 person
associatedWith Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924. person
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Death 1965-10-28

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