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Henry Philip Tappan

Born: Apr 18, 1805

Death: Nov 15, 1881

Birthplace: Rhinebeck

Nationality: United States

Henry Philip Tappan

Date of Birth : Apr 18, 1805
Date of Death : Nov 15, 1881
Birth Place : Rhinebeck

Henry Philip Tappan was an American philosopher, educator and academic administrator. He is officially considered the first president of the University of Michigan. A pioneer in the transformation of American university curricula, he was instrumental in fashioning the University of Michigan as a prototype for American research universities, and has been called the "John the Baptist of the age of the American university." His academic career was ultimately cut short by personality clashes with the university's Board of Regents, and he finished his life in self-imposed exile in Europe.


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