Thomas W. Butcher

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Thomas W. Butcher
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8th President of the Kansas State Teachers College
In office
July 1, 1913 June 30, 1943
Preceded by Joseph H. Hill
Succeeded by James F. Price
6th President of Central State Normal School
In office
1906–1908
Preceded by Frederick Howard Umholtz
Succeeded by James Argyle McLauchlin
Personal details
BornThomas Walter Butcher
(1867-07-03)July 3, 1867
Macomb, Illinois
Died July 14, 1947(1947-07-14) (aged 80)
Emporia, Kansas
Resting place Emporia, Kansas
Spouse(s)
Mary W. Peck(m. 1900–1947)
Alma mater University of Kansas (B.A.)
Harvard University (M.A.)
Occupation Education administrator

Thomas Walter Butcher (July 3, 1867 – July 14, 1947) was an American educator most notably for serving as president at what is now known as Emporia State University. Before serving as the Kansas State Normal School's president, Butcher served various state-level education administrator jobs. [1] [2]

Emporia State University university

Emporia State University, often referred to as Emporia State or ESU, is a public university in Emporia, Kansas. Established in March 1863 as the Kansas State Normal School, Emporia State is the third-oldest public university in the state of Kansas. Emporia State is one of six public universities governed by the Kansas Board of Regents.

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Biography

Early life and education

Butcher was born to Boman Rilea Butcher and Adeline Vail in Macomb, Illinois. [3] Butcher attended The University of Kansas (KU), where he later graduated in 1894. Butcher began his career in education as a principal of a couple of high schools in Oklahoma, and in 1904, Butcher received his master of arts from Harvard University. [4] Two years after graduating from Harvard, Butcher became Central State Normal School's sixth president in Edmond, Oklahoma, and served until 1908. [5] After resigning from Central State in 1908, Butcher left for Frederick William University in Germany. [6] In 1909 after a year in Germany, Butcher served as a superintendent in Enid, Oklahoma from 1909 to 1913, and was later named Kansas State Normal's president in 1913. [7]

Macomb, Illinois Place in Illinois, United States

Macomb is a city in and the county seat of McDonough County, Illinois, United States. It is situated in western Illinois, southwest of Galesburg. The city is about 75 miles southwest of Peoria and 77 miles south of the Quad Cities. A special census held in 2014 placed the city's population at 21,516. Macomb is the home of Western Illinois University.

University of Kansas public research university in Kansas, United States

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Harvard University private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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KSN–Kansas State Teachers College presidency

In 1914, Butcher started a work study program, which would give students on-campus jobs to help them attend school. 1917 saw the completion of the administrative building, Plumb Hall. [8] [9] Albert Taylor Hall, named after the fifth president of KSN, Albert R. Taylor, is an auditorium located within the building. [10] [11] Under Butcher's administration, the Memorial Union was built in 1922, named to honor veterans of World War I. Butcher also helped the Normal School transition a name change; the new name would Kansas State Teachers College to focus on teaching. [12] In 1938, a new stadium, later named Francis G. Welch Stadium, opened, as well as a bell tower known today as Silent Joe. [13] Butcher retired on June 30, 1943 as the longest serving president in the history of Emporia State University. [14]

Albert R. Taylor

Albert Reynolds Taylor was an American educator serving as president and professor at several institutions. Taylor was most notable for being a founder and the first president of Millikin University. Before serving as president of Millikin University, Taylor served as the Kansas State Normal School's fifth president.

World War I 1914–1918 global war originating in Europe

World War I, also known as the First World War or the Great War, was a global war originating in Europe that lasted from 28 July 1914 to 11 November 1918. Contemporaneously described as "the war to end all wars", it led to the mobilisation of more than 70 million military personnel, including 60 million Europeans, making it one of the largest wars in history. It is also one of the deadliest conflicts in history, with an estimated nine million combatants and seven million civilian deaths as a direct result of the war, while resulting genocides and the 1918 influenza pandemic caused another 50 to 100 million deaths worldwide.

Francis G. Welch Stadium

Francis G. Welch Stadium, also known as Jones Field at Welch Stadium or Welch Stadium, is a sport stadium in Emporia, Kansas. The facility is primarily used by the Emporia State University football and track & field teams and Emporia High School football. It is named to honor long-time Emporia State coach and athletic director Fran Welch. The facility was one of the first on the NCAA Division II level to offer enclosed skyboxes and is still one of only a few across the nation.

Personal life

Butcher united in marriage with Mary W. Peck on July 3, 1900 in Wellington, Kansas and had three children. On July 14, 1947, Butcher died in Emporia. Butcher Education Center, which houses the Sociology, Anthropology, and Crime and Delinquencies department, is named after him. [3]

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