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John Milton Gregory: the University’s father

John Milton Gregory: the University’s father

By Josh Cain

November 10, 2014

While students may know of Alma Mater, the University’s maternal figure, the University’s “father” does not receive as much attention. The University’s founding father and first president, John Milton Gregory, was born in upstate New York on July 6, 1822, to a working-class family. Hard-work...