Andrews Elisha Benjamin
Elisha Benjamin Andrews (January 10, 1844 – October 30, 1917) was an American economist and educator, born in Hinsdale, New Hampshire. He served in Connecticut regiments during the 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. 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. In 1892, he was an American commissioner to the Brussels monetary conference and was a strong supporter of international bimetallism. He became a member of the corporation of Brown University in 1900 and was made president of the Association of State Universities in 1904. Andrews died at his home in Interlachen, Florida in 1917. Andrews published many college textbooks on history and economics, including:
From the Earliest Discovery of America to the Present time. The book was written by an American economist and educator, Elisha Benjamin Andrews: The work now presented to the public is believed to utilize, more than any of its predecessors, the many valuable researches of recent years into the rich archives of this and other nations… The work strives to observe scrupulous proportion in treating the different parts and phases of our national career, neglecting none and over-emphasizing none. Also, while pronouncedly national and patriotic, it is careful to be perfectly fair and kind to the people of all sections.
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