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Lord of the Manor: Eastern's First President


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Livingston C. Lord: Eastern's First President

Selections from Livingston C. Lord's Correspondence

Eastern Illinois University Archives

Livingston C. Lord came to Charleston in 1899 to serve as the first active president of Eastern Illinois State Normal College, following the sudden death of the first appointed president. His charismatic presence and strong character made a impact on the university and its student body.  Throughout his career, he attempted to act in the best interest of the students’ by ensuring they would receive a well-rounded experience while at Eastern. His strong leadership while serving as president helped to shape present-day Eastern Illinois University.

Please follow the links below to see how Mr. Lord’s presence made Eastern into the unique institution it is today.


The Teacher     The Builder     Lord of the Manor


          The Administrator     The Man