Five fun facts about K-State presidents


From K-State to Congress:

After serving as K-State’s second president from 1879-1891, John Alexander Anderson went on to succeed in politics. He served six terms as a U.S. congressman from Kansas. Source: University Archives.

An inauguration on hold:

The Spanish influenza delayed the formal inauguration of William Jardine, K-State’s seventh president, for three months. The campus was shut down for much of the fall 1918 semester because of an influenza epidemic that claimed 11 lives. Jardine’s inauguration was originally scheduled for Nov. 6, 1918, but didn’t take place until Feb. 14, 1919. Source: University Archives.

Puppy with a presidential pedigree:

One K-State presidential canine was a gift from a future U.S president. Ruthie Eisenhower, the daughter of Milton Eisenhower, K-State president from 1943 to 1950, got a puppy from her famous uncle, Dwight D. Eisenhower. Ike personally delivered the puppy to his niece on a visit to Manhattan Jan. 8, 1944. The puppy was the offspring of Ike’s Scottish terrier Telek. Source: Ron Elmore, associate dean of K-State’s College of Veterinary Medicine and a U.S. presidential pet expert.

The first residence:

William Jardine was the first president to live in the on-campus K-State President’s House at 100 Wilson Court. The house was built in 1923. However, the first house built for the president of K-State was in 1885 during the administration of George Fairchild, the university’s third president. Standing in the approximate location of Holton Hall, it was struck by lightning and burned in April 1895, destroying the personal library and all of the belongings of Fairchild and his wife Charlotte. Source: K-State archives.

The president alum:

To date, the only K-State president to also be alumnus of the university was Milton Eisenhower, who earned a bachelor’s in industrial journalism from K-State in 1923, and became K-State’s ninth president in 1943. Eisenhower also served as president of Penn State and Johns Hopkins universities. Source: University Archives.

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