David Starr Jordan

David Starr Jordan '72 / First President of Stanford University

David Starr Jordan

When Jane and Leland Stanford selected the first president for their new university, founded in the memory of their son, they turned to David Starr Jordan, president of Indiana University and one of the nation's most influential educators. Leland Stanford traveled to Bloomington to personally offer Jordan the position. His influence on Stanford is still felt today: Jordan Hall sits on its main quad, and the university's motto, chosen by Jordan, is found on its seal.

Jordan Named Stanford's First President

Jordan - Standford University's First President

Jordan is only one of two individuals to receive an honorary degree from Cornell. They are exceptions to Cornell's tradition of not awarding honorary degrees, which dates back to the university's first commencement. The awards to Jordan and Andrew D. White, many years later, were controversial. The degrees were bestowed by President Charles Adams, who was unfamiliar with precedent set by White.

Jordan on Football

Jordan on Football

By the way, "08" is 1908, not 2008. Yes, he endorsed rugby -- RUGBY! -- as the only game for American colleges.

Jordan and Friends

Jordan and Friends

Besides the magnificent dog at his side, another Jordan pet is perched on top of the chair.

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