case western reserve university




exhibit title: Our Presidents


James D. Williamson

Acting President, Western Reserve University, 11/11/1921-6/12/1923

President James D. Williamson


A.B., Western Reserve College, 1870

A.M., Western Reserve College, 1873

B.D., Union Theological Seminary, 1875



University Awards

Western Reserve University awarded Williamson the honorary Doctor of Laws, 1926.

Western Reserve University named the Bellfower Road Mather College residence Williamson House in honor of Williamson’s service as President and trustee, 1945.

Western Reserve University named the Euclid Avenue residence Williamson House and Annex in honor of Williamson’s service as President and trustee, 1961.



Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Norwalk, Ohio, 1875-1884

Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Warren, Ohio, 1885-1888

Pastor, Beckwith Memorial Church, Cleveland, Ohio, 1888-1901

Trustee, Western Reserve University, 1905-1935

Trustee, Adelbert College, 1905-1935

Acting President, Society for Savings, Cleveland, Ohio, 1912-1915

Executive Vice President, Society for Savings, Cleveland, Ohio, 1915-1921, 1924-1927


University Numbers
  1921/22 1922/23
Enrollment 2,991 3,213
Donations $132,933.92 $146,729.93
Tuition $200 $200


Planning and funding began for the move of the Medical School from downtown to University Circle.
The USS Langley became the first commissioned U.S. aircraft carrier.
Howard Carter uncovered King Tutankhamen's tomb.
Time Magazine was first published.
Yankee Stadium, home of baseball’s New York Yankees, opened its doors for the first time.


Regional Population
Cleveland 796,841  
Cuyahoga County 943,495  


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.