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The Founder and First Two Presidents of Whitworth College
The Founder and First Two Presidents of Whitworth College
Whitworth College was born on February 19, 1890. The founder of Whitworth College was George F. Whitworth, pictured at left. The first president was Rev. Amos T. Fox, center. He was president for seven months and then resigned. He was then appointed vice-president and his father-in-law, Rev. Calvin W. Stewart, was appointed president. Fox served the college in various positions from 1889 until 1911, a time that was not equaled by another until 1949. He was also one of the first to help create the idea of an education of the mind and the heart. Stewart, on the right, served as president from 1890 until 1898. His son, Calvin W. Stewart Jr., was the first graduate of Whitworth College. Stewart was very successful at raising funds for Whitworth College. In fact, after he resigned as president, he remained at Whitworth as the principle fundraiser. One of his most memorable contributions to Whitworth was in 1898 when he persuaded A.O. Armour, brother of Philip D. Armour of the Amour Packing Company, to donate $50,000 to the college. At that time, Armour’s donation was the largest donation given to a West Coast, denominational college.

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