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Encyclopedia > Elmer H. Capen

Elmer Hewitt Capen (April 5, 1838 - March 22, 1905) was the third president of Tufts College (now Tufts University), serving from 1875 to 1905. He was born in Stoughton, Massachusetts. Capen graduated from Tufts in 1860, and while there he was a founding member of the Kappa Charge of Theta Delta Chi. Also, while still an undergraduate, he was elected to, and served in, the Massachusetts House of Representatives. He relinquished his seat after one term in order to finish his studies and graduate with his class. After his graduation from Tufts, he practiced law for a short time, and then became a Universalist minister. April 5 is the 95th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (96th in leap years). ... | Jöns Jakob Berzelius, discoverer of protein 1838 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... March 22 is the 81st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (82nd in Leap years). ... 1905 (MCMV) was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... Tufts University is a private university located in Medford, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston. ... Stoughton (Official Name: Town of Stoughton) is a town in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States. ... Theta Delta Chi (ΘΔΧ, Theta Delt) is a social fraternity that was founded in 1847 at Union College. ... The Massachusetts House of Representatives is the lower house of the Massachusetts General Court, the bicameral state legislature of Massachusetts. ... In comparative religion, a universalist religion is one that holds itself true for all people; it thus allows all to join, regardless of ethnicity. ...


Capen presided over the continued expansion of course and program offerings at Tufts, and the beginning of co-education (over his own objections) in 1892. He died in office on March 22, 1905. A bronze bust of Capen remains in Tufts' Goddard Chapel. The residence he constructed for himself and his family while president, at 8 Professors Row, is still known as Capen House. Coeducation is the integrated education of men and women. ... 1892 (MDCCCXCII) was a leap year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ...


 
 

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