Joseph Emery, ca. 1885.
Acting President, 1872
[OSU Archives #1516]
Joseph Emery served as the acting president and head of faculty in
the summer of 1872, from the time of W.A. Finley's departure in
June until B.L. Arnold arrived in September. During his incumbency
he submitted the first Biennial Report of the College to the
Governor for the period 1870-1872.
Joseph Emery was born June 2, 1833 in Pennsylvania. In 1867, Emery
joined his brother-in-law, W.A. Finley, at Corvallis College where
he taught mathematics, physics, geology, and physiology. After
Arnold's arrival he resumed his faculty duties, helped to raise the
funds to purchase the original lands for the OSU campus, and served
on the College's Board of Trustees. In 1885 Emery left Corvallis
and became an agent for the U.S. Indian Agency at Klamath [Falls].
He died January 18, 1924 at Salinas, California.
College Faculty, 1883. The College faculty
for 1883-84 assembled for this group photograph outside the College
building. They were (from left):
Edgar Grimm, Professor of Agriculture and Chemistry
Not present was Miss E. McFadden, who taught drawing and painting.
[OSU Archives #170]
Ida Burnett (Callahan), Primary Department
B.L. Arnold, President and Professor of Moral Philosophy and
B.J. Hawthorne, Professor of Languages
Joseph Emery, Professor of Mathematics
W.W. Bristow, Preparatory Department
Where to Find More Information about Joseph Emery
President's Office Records
Board of Trustees Records (RG 33)
Memorabilia Collection - Emery, Joseph
OSU Chronological History for the
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