Elisha Benjamin Andrews (January 10, 1844 – October 30, 1917) was an American economist, soldier, and educator.
Elisha Andrews, painted by William Merritt Chase
|8th President of Brown University|
|Preceded by||Ezekiel Robinson|
|Succeeded by||William Faunce|
|Born||January 10, 1844|
Hinsdale, New Hampshire, U.S.
|Died||October 30, 1917 (aged 73)|
Interlachen, Florida, U.S.
|Alma mater||Brown University|
|Allegiance|| United States|
|Branch/service||United States Army|
|Battles/wars||American Civil War|
Graduating from Brown University in 1870 and from the Newton Theological Institution in 1874, he preached for one year and then was president of Denison University from 1875-79. He was professor of homiletics at Newton Theological Institution from 1879–82; professor of history and political economy at Brown University from 1882–88; professor of political economy and finance at Cornell University from 1888–89; and he served as the president of Brown University from 1889 until 1898. He resigned as president of Brown in 1897 because of criticism by trustees of his advocacy of free silver but at that time withdrew his resignation.
On February 1, 1890, he became a charter member and the organizing president of the Rhode Island Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (RISSAR). He was succeeded in that office later that year by John Nicholas Brown I. Ironically, although both Andrews and Brown were active in organizing the RISSAR, neither formally applied for membership in the organization.
In 1892, he was an American commissioner to the Brussels monetary conference and was a strong supporter of international bimetallism. He was also elected a member of the American Antiquarian Society in 1892.
He was the superintendent of schools for Chicago from 1898 to 1900, and then became chancellor of the University of Nebraska in 1900. He retired from academic life as chancellor emeritus of the University of Nebraska on January 1, 1909. He became a member of the corporation of Brown University in 1900 and was made president of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities in 1904.
Andrews published many college textbooks on history and economics, including:
- An Honest Dollar (1889; third edition, 1894)
- Wealth and Moral Law (1894)
- History of the United States (two volumes, 1894)
- History of the United States (six volumes, 1903–12)
- The History of the Last Quarter Century in the United States, 1870-95 (1896; revised under the title The United States in Our Own Time, 1903)
- History of the United States, Volume I
- History of the United States, Volume 3
- Works by Elisha Benjamin Andrews at Project Gutenberg
- Works by or about Elisha Andrews at Internet Archive
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