Western Reserve College Presidents
George E. Pierce: 1834-1837, 1855
George E. Pierce was born in Connecticut in 1794. After graduating from Yale in 1816, he served as principal of Fairfield Academy until 1818. He continued his education at Andover Theological seminary from which he graduated in 1821, and was ordained pastor of the Congregational church in Harwinton, Connecticut in 1822. In 1834 he moved to Hudson, Ohio to become president of Western Reserve College. During his tenure, the college erected three additional buildings and the observatory. Active in the community, Pierce also served as mayor of the Village of Hudson from 1851-1852. He died on May 28, 1871.