case western reserve university




exhibit title: Our Presidents


Charles S. Howe

Secretary of the Faculty, Case School of Applied Science, 6/4/1902-11/2/1902

Acting President, Case School of Applied Science, 11/3/1902-5/31/1903

President, Case School of Applied Science, 6/1/1903-Summer 1929


B.S., Massachusetts Agricultural College, 1878, Chemistry

Ph.D., College of Wooster, 1887



University Awards

Western Reserve University awarded Howe the honorary Doctor of Laws, 1924.

Case School of Applied Science awarded Howe the honorary Doctor of Engineering, 1929.

Case Western Reserve University dedicated one of the men’s south side residences Charles S. Howe House to “honor the memory of the second president of Case, an outstanding mathematician and astronomer,” 1969.



Principal, High School in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, Fall 1879

Principal, Albuquerque Academy, New Mexico, 1879-1881

Assayer for prospectors, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1881-1882

Professor of Mathematics and Astronomy, Buchtel College, Akron, Ohio, 1883-1889

Professor of Mathematics and Astronomy, Case School of Applied Science, 1889-1902

Kerr Professor of Mathematics, Case School of Applied Science, 1890-1908

President Emeritus, Case School of Applied Science, 1929-1939


University Numbers
  1902/03 1928/29
Enrollment 426 679
Number of faculty 27 67
Tuition per year $100 $250



Albert Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity was published.
The 5-year joint course with Adelbert College, the undergraduate menís college of Western Reserve University, was established. The first students of the combined course entered Case in 1906.


The Cleveland Foundation was established.


Countries around the world were plunged into World War I.
The Cleveland Museum of Art opened.
The influenza epidemic killed an estimated 50 million people worldwide.
First regular commercial radio broadcasts began.
With Western Reserve University, Case established Cleveland College, a pioneering effort in adult education.
The Cleveland airport opened.
First general campaign for funds raised over $1,600,000.




Regional Population
  1900 1930
Cleveland 381,768 900,429
Cuyahoga County 439,120 1,201,455

Caution should be taken when comparing financial data across long periods of time. Accounting practices have changed substantially during CWRU's nearly 200-year history. In compiling these numbers, we have relied on the most authoritative contemporaneous sources available.

Information was compiled by staff of the Case Western Reserve University Archives, March 2007.