case western reserve university




exhibit title: Our Presidents


Charles B. Storrs

President, Western Reserve College, 1830-6/26/1833



Attended College of New Jersey, 1810-1813

Graduated from Andover Theological Seminary, 1820


University Awards

Western Reserve University named one of the men’s north side residences Storrs House “because of his scholarship and his sincerity of purpose in guiding Western Reserve College in its beginning days,” 1964.



Teacher, a school in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, ca.1815-ca.1817

Evangelist, Missions in Georgia and South Carolina, 1821-1822

Temporary Pastor, Church in Ravenna, Ohio, 1822-1828

Professor of Sacred Theology, Western Reserve College, 1828-1830

Professor of Christian Theology, Western Reserve College, 1830-1833


University Numbers
  1830/31 1832/33
Enrollment 25 58
Number of faculty 5 5
Total endowment funds received to date $1,745.25 $5,319.25
Tuition $20 $20


Fundraising campaign commenced to raise $50,000 for the endowment of the presidency and of the four existing professorships.



The Ohio and Erie Canal was completed.


Western Reserve College was plunged into the colonization vs. abolitionism debate.


Regional Population
Portage County 16,963  


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.