Past
Presidents

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Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, reproduction LC-USZ62-62747


Franklin Buchanan (1800-1874) was president from 1868 to 1869. A native of Baltimore, Buchanan had been the first superintendent of the United States Naval Academy and the highest-ranking officer in the Confederate navy.

He reinstituted the preparatory school, reduced tuition, and rehired a science professor. Enrollment rose to 61 students.

Inquiries by the trustees revealed that Buchanan had committed the institution to approximately $6,000 in debts. Shortly thereafter, he resigned and moved to Alabama to serve briefly as head of an insurance company.

  • Samuel Regester, President, 1869-1873


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