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Harry Burns Hutchins

Harry Burns Hutchins
University of Michigan
Term 1909 – 1920
Predecessor James Burrill Angell
Successor Marion LeRoy Burton
Born (1847-04-08)April 8, 1847
Lisbon, New Hampshire
Died January 25, 1930(1930-01-25) (aged 82)
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Alma mater University of Michigan

Harry Burns Hutchins (April 8, 1847 – January 25, 1930)[1][2] was the fourth president of the University of Michigan (1909–1920). He was initially named interim president for one year (1909–1910) to succeed James Burrill Angell, but his term was later extended after several other candidates, including Woodrow Wilson, were offered the presidency and declined. Previously, during the absence of President Angell as United States Minister to Turkey, Hutchins had served as Acting President from 1897 to 1898.

Hutchins served as the dean of the university's Law Department from 1895 to 1910. Hutchins Hall, the main classroom and administrative building of the law school, is named after him.[3] From 1887 to 1894, Hutchins organized and led the law department at Cornell University.

At the age of nineteen, in 1866, Hutchins matriculated at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. However, his failing health prevented him from completing his studies there. Subsequently, Hutchins graduated from the University of Michigan in 1871.[4][5][6] He received honorary LL.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin (1897), Wesleyan University (1916), Notre Dame University (1917), the University of California (1918), and the University of Michigan (1921).


  • University of Michigan presidents
  • Hutchins Hall, University of Michigan Law School
Academic offices
Preceded by
James Burrill Angell
President of the University of Michigan
Succeeded by
Marion LeRoy Burton

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