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Edwin DeVore Ressler

1902 - 1909

Edwin DeVore Ressler was born in Westerville, Ohio on November 2, 1869. Ressler began his education in his hometown, attending Otterbein University and working as a teacher. Ressler received a Bachelor of Arts from Otterbein in 1897, and later completed the requirements for a Master's degree at the Ohio State University.

Ressler was superintendent of several schools in Ohio before taking the job of Superintendent of Schools in Eugene, Oregon. While in Eugene, Ressler organized the first high school in the Eugene public schools, and taught at the University of Oregon for a year. In 1901, Ressler accepted a teaching position at the Oregon State Normal School (OSNS) in Monmouth. A year later, OSNS President Prince Lucien Campbell resigned to accept the leadership of the University of Oregon in Eugene. Ressler was appointed president of OSNS by the school’s board of trustees in 1902. He remained in this position until 1909, when he became Dean of the Oregon Agriculture College at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

During Ressler’s time at the Oregon Agriculture College, he also served as Executive Secretary of the Oregon State Teachers Association in 1916. Edwin DeVore Ressler worked at the Oregon Agriculture College until his death on October 18, 1926.


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