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Will, Thomas E. (1861-1937) | Morse Department of Special Collections

Name: Will, Thomas E. (1861-1937)


Historical Note:

1861        Born in Stones Prairie, Illinois, November 11

1880        Country School teacher

1885        Graduated from Illinois State Normal

1886-1888   Principal Edwards Grammar School, Springfield, IL

1888-1889   Student, University of Michigan

1890        Entered senior class at Harvard and graduated

1891        Married Marie Van Velsor, July 1;  Accepted chair of History and Political Science, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI

1893        Helped organize the Union for Practical Progress at Boston;  Delivered courses of Lectures on Economics at Boston;  Wrote a series of sociological articles for the "Arena", Boston           

1894        Accepted chair of Political Economy Kansas State  Agricultural College

1897        Elected President of Kansas State Agricultural College;  Head of State  Experimental Station

1899        Resigned as President of KSAC 1900-1903   Educational, literary and administrative work at Ruskin College, Trenton, MO

1903-1905   Lived in Wichita, KS, editor of newspaper;  President of New Socialist College; Delegate to National Convention

1905        Appointed to position in United States Census Office;  Member, American Forestry Association, Washington, DC

1910        Moved to Ft. Lauderdale, FL;  Editor of magazine, "Conservation"; Delivered lectures for American Forestry Association

1914        Started first settlement, Okeelanta, Palm Beach County, Florida Everglades

1915-1930   Involved in the development of the Everglades and highway projects

1930        Mrs. Will passed away, March 5;  Moved to Belle Glede, FL

1931        Spent 3 months in Tallahassee, FL at legislative sessions

1932        Spent 6 months in Washington, DC lobbying for the Everglades

1937        Died March 5

1941        Opening of Thomas Will Memorial Highway, connecting Lake Okeechobee with Miami and Fort Lauderdale




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