Edward Parrish Papers
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This series consists of one folder of correspondence and miscellaneous papers, 1859-1872. Items are arranged in chronological order within the folder. When available, typescript transcriptions follow the originals.
- Parrish, Edward, 1822-1872 (Person)
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In addition to serving as president of the college, Parrish was also a professor of ethics, chemistry and the physical sciences. His liberal ideas on the discipline of students frequently clashed with some of the more conservative members on the Board of Managers who believed that the College should foremost provide a "guarded" education for Quaker youth. It is believed that the differences in philosophy of discipline and of the mission of the College are what caused Parrish to resign from the presidency in February 1871. After his resignation, the Board assumed most of the executive powers and appointed as president Professor Edward H. Magill.
Edward Parrish was active in a number of Quaker social concerns, and in 1872 he was appointed to a Commission to negotiate a treaty with the Kiowa and Comanche tribes. While on this mission to Fort Sill in the Indian Territory, Edward Parrish died of malaria at age 51 on September 9, 1872.
0.21 Linear Feet (1 box (20 items))
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Swarthmore College Archives, Edward Parrish Papers, 1859-1872
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