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Charles Backus Storrs: 1830-1834

A reluctant president from the start due to his wavering health and his contention that he was ill suited for the position, Charles Backus Storrs was appointed to the post in 1830. Storrs believed a moral education was essential for students, and that the development of their intellect could lead to grave repercussions. During his brief tenure, the professor of theology became involved in what was known as the slavery crisis of 1833, in which he and several other professors crusaded for the abolition of slavery.

Storrs was succeeded by George E. Pierce in 1834.

Excerpted from Case Magazine: The Hudson Years, Spring 2001. Read the complete article.

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