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Levi L. Rowland

1865 - 1869

Rowland was born in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1831 and lived there until his family migrated to Oregon in 1844. Rowland pursued his education in Virginia at Bethany College. He graduated in 1856 and returned to Oregon in 1859. He created the first State Teachers Institute in 1862. In 1865, he was named president of Christian College in Monmouth, where he served until 1869. He left the college to pursue medicine and studied for several years at Willamette University in Salem. In 1874 he became State Superintendent of Public Instruction until 1891, when he was appointed superintendent of Oregon State Insane Asylum. President Rowland was known as a kind and educated man; he died in January 19, 1908.


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