case western reserve university




exhibit title: Our Presidents


Hiram C. Haydn
Pronunciation: HAY-din

President, Western Reserve University, 1887-11/1890


A.B., Amherst College, 1856

Graduated from Union Theological Seminary, 1859



University Awards

Flora Stone Mather established the Hiram C. Haydn Professorship of History to honor Haydn’s service as University president and as her family pastor at the “Old Stone Church,” 1888.

Western Reserve University named one of the College for Women residences Haydn Hall to honor Haydn’s service as president and faculty member, 1901.

The College for Women Alumnae Association and friends of Haydn created the Hiram C. Haydn Library Fund in his memory. The fund was to be used to purchase books for the College for Women library, 1922.



Pastor, churches in Montville and Meridan, Connecticut and St. Johnsbury, Vermont, 1859?-1866

Pastor, Painesville, Ohio, 1866-1871

Trustee, Western Reserve College, 1869-1881

Associate Pastor, First Presbyterian Church of Cleveland, 1872-1874

Pastor, First Presbyterian Church of Cleveland, 1874-1880

District Secretary, American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, New York, New York, 1880-1884

Pastor, First Presbyterian Church of Cleveland, 1884-1902

Trustee, Adelbert College, 1886-1913

Trustee, Western Reserve University, 1886-1913

Instructor in Biblical Literature, Western Reserve University, 1888-1896

Harkness Professor of Biblical Literature, Western Reserve University, 1896-1910

Pastor Emeritus, First Presbyterian Church of Cleveland, 1902-1913

Professor Emeritus of Biblical Literature, Western Reserve University, 1910-1913


University Numbers
  1887/88 1890/91
Enrollment 200 482
Total value of stocks held by the University $667,191.39 $687,237.39
Tuition $30 $50



The College for Women, later known as Flora Stone Mather College, was established as Western Reserve University’s women’s undergraduate college.
Jack the Ripper began his reign of terror on the citizens of London, England.
Cleveland Conservatory of Music affiliated with Western Reserve University.
Western Reserve School of Design for Women affiliated with Western Reserve University and was renamed the School of Art.


Construction of the Eiffel Tower was completed.
The first issue of the Wall Street Journal was published.
Yosemite National Park was established.



Regional Population
Cleveland 261,353  
Cuyahoga County 309,970  


Caution should be taken when comparing financial data across long periods of time. Accounting practices have changed substantially during CWRU's nearly 200-year history. In compiling these numbers, we have relied on the most authoritative contemporaneous sources available.

Information was compiled by staff of the Case Western Reserve University Archives, March 2007.