Haven, E. O. (Erastus Otis), 1820-1881

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Methodist Bishop, Chancellor of Syracuse University, President of Northwestern University and of University of Michigan.

From the description of E.O. Haven papers, 1838-1873. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 34419065

Erastus O. Haven (1820-1881) served as the second president of the University, 1863-1869. Haven was a minister and leader of the Methodist Episcopal Church during a vigorous period of its growth and development. The child of a Methodist minister and farmer, he was born in Boston and spent most of his childhood in Massachusetts. Upon graduating from Wesleyan University, Haven established a life-long pattern of combining the ministry with teaching. This eventually led him to assume the presidencies of the University of Michigan and Northwestern University as well as the chancellorship of Syracuse University. Haven was deeply interested in educational issues affecting students at all levels and in helping to develop a strong Methodist presence among institutions of higher learning. His presidency at the University of Michigan, along with an earlier four-year stint there as a Latin professor, forced him to deal with the specific problems of a secular state university. Among the topics he discusses during the Michigan years are hazing, secret societies, fiscal issues and institutional administration. In midlife, Haven left his initial position at Michigan to become editor of Zion's Herald, a Methodist newspaper that gave him a voice in the Church's major controversies over slavery, church polity, and temperance. Later, he resigned the presidency of Northwestern University to become Secretary of the Board of Education for the Methodist Episcopal Church. Haven also served two terms in the Massachusetts Senate and was residing as a bishop in San Francisco when he died.

From the guide to the E. O. Haven pamphlets and reprints, 1838-1881, (Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan)

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creatorOf White, Andrew Dickson, 1832-1918. Andrew Dickson White papers, 1857-1867. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn McIntyre, Donald, 1807-1891. Donald McIntyre papers, 1858 and 1863. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf E. O. Haven pamphlets and reprints, 1838-1881 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Alexander Winchell Papers, 1833-1891 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Frieze, Henry S. (Henry Simmons), 1817-1889. Henry S. Frieze papers, 1835-1920. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn University of Michigan Faculty and Staff Portraits, ca. 1860-ca. 1960 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Finney, Byron Alfred, 1849-1938. Byron A. Finney papers, 1845-1902. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf McLean, James B. James B. McLean marriage certificate, 1866. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Andrew Dickson White papers [microform], 1857-1867 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Clark, James Osgood Andrew, 1827-1894. James Osgood Andrew Clark papers, 1807-1945. Emory University Library, Special Collect Department
referencedIn Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874. Correspondence, 1829-1874 Houghton Library
referencedIn James B. Angell Papers, 1845-1916 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Henry Simmons Frieze Papers, 1835-1920 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Frieze, Henry S. (Henry Simmons), 1817-1889. Henry S. Frieze papers, 1838-1920. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Finney, Byron Alfred, 1849-1938. Byron A. Finney papers, 1845-1935. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Walker, Edward Carey, 1820-1894. Edward Carey Walker correspondence, 1841 and 1863-1881. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Washtenaw County Historical Society records, 1827-2006 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Haven, E. O. (Erastus Otis), 1820-1881. E.O. Haven papers, 1838-1873. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
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associatedWith Angell, James Burrill, 1829-1916 person
associatedWith Clark, James Osgood Andrew, 1827-1894. person
associatedWith Finney, Byron Alfred, 1849-1938. person
associatedWith Frieze, Henry S. (Henry Simmons), 1817-1889. person
associatedWith McIntyre, Donald, 1807-1891. person
associatedWith McLean, James B. person
associatedWith Methodist Episcopal Church. corporateBody
associatedWith Michigan Historical Collections corporateBody
correspondedWith Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874 person
associatedWith University of Michigan corporateBody
associatedWith University of Michigan. President. corporateBody
associatedWith Walker, Edward Carey, 1820-1894. person
associatedWith Washtenaw County Historical Society. corporateBody
associatedWith White, Andrew Dickson, 1832-1918. person
associatedWith Winchell, Alexander, 1824-1891 person
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Birth 1820-11-01

Death 1881-08-02

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