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Inglis, Samuel M. (1840-1898) | University Archives

Name: Inglis, Samuel M. (1840-1898)
Fuller Form: Samuel Martin Inglis

Historical Note:

Samuel M. Inglis was elected as president of Eastern on April 12, 1898 and died on June 1, 1989 before his official duties would have commenced in September of 1899. He played several significant roles in the development of Illinois education before his appointment, including that of State Superintendent of Public Instruction. With this position, Inglis had a hand as an ex-officio board of trustees member for several public post-secondary educational facilities of Illinois, including Eastern Illinois Normal School.

Though born in Marrietta, Pennsylvania, his early education took place in the Ohio public schools. When his family moved to Illinois, Inglis struggled for an education against the limitations of his poor and rural financial status. He achieved his goal at Mendota Collegiate Institute where his graduated with first honors in 1861. At about 1864, his career began to stabilize after he temporarily left it to fight in the 104th Regiment of Illinois Infantry. In 1887, he married Miss Anna Louise Jackson, a Hillsboro native who passed away in 1892. He later married Miss Louise Baumberger of Greenville three years afterwards.

In addition to holding the position of State Superintendent of Public Instruction, he was later appointed as a trustee of Southern Illinois Normal School as Chair of Mathematics and, later, Chair of Literature, Rhetoric, and Elocution, and an Illinois delegate to the National Convention of Educators. Inglis unfortunately passed on vacation in Kenosha, Wisconsin before he began his duties.

Sources: Freeman, Joseph H. 1898. In Memoriam: Samuel M. Inglis. Twenty-Second Biennial Report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction of the State of Illinois. July 1, 1896-June 30, 1898. Springfield, IL: Phillips Bros., State Printers.
Note Author: Elizabeth J. Surbeck

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