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Benjamin Ide Wheeler (1854-1927)

Benjamin Ide Wheeler (1854-1927)

Wheeler served as seventh president of the University of California (1899-1919), arriving from Cornell where he had a distinguished career as professor of Greek and comparative philology. He oversaw years of tremendous development of the campus. The Academic Senate, Graduate Division, and University Extension were established and enrollment nearly tripled to more than 7,000. Satellite campuses were developed at Davis, Riverside, La Jolla, and Los Angeles. A persuasive fund-raiser and skillful public speaker, Wheeler assiduously cultivated donors, including three of most generous in the University’s history: Annie Montague Alexander, Phoebe Hearst, and Jane Sather.

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