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exhibit title: Our Presidents


Charles F. Thwing
Pronunciation: TWING

President, Western Reserve University, 11/1890-11/11/1921


A.B., Harvard College, 1876

Graduated from Andover Theological Seminary, 1879



University Awards

The College for Women Class of 1922 established the Charles F. Thwing Fund to support the College’s library, 1922.

Western Reserve University awarded Thwing the honorary Doctor of Humanities, 1926.

Western Reserve University named its Euclid Avenue library building Thwing Hall to honor the President’s service, 1934.

Case Western Reserve University named its renovated student center the Charles F. Thwing Student Center, 1972.



Pastor, North Congregational Church, Boston, Massachusetts, 1879-1886

Pastor, Plymouth Congregational Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1886-1890

President Emeritus, Western Reserve University, 1921-1937


University Numbers
  1890/91 1921/22
Enrollment 482 2,150
Tuition $50 $200


The School of Law was established and, in 1892, renamed the Franklin Thomas Backus Law School of Western Reserve University.
The School of Art affiliation ended.
A Graduate school was established, but suspended in 1921.
A Dental school was established. In 1906 it was sold to the Western Reserve Dental School Company, but re-purchased in 1917.
The Cleveland Conservatory of Music affiliation ended.
The United States fought the Kingdom of Spain in the Spanish-American War.
The Library School was established.
Orville and Wilbur Wright made the first powered, sustained, controlled airplane flight.
The 5-year joint course between Adelbert College and Case School of Applied Science was established.
Cleveland School of Pharmacy affiliated with WRU.
The Medical School absorbed the Medical Department of Ohio Wesleyan University.
Henry Ford developed the assembly line, revolutionizing automobile manufacturing.
Countries around the world were plunged into World War I.
School of Applied Social Sciences was established.
The Cleveland Play House opened its first production.
The influenza epidemic killed an estimated 50 million people worldwide.
The Cleveland Orchestra performed its first concert.
Ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment to the U. S. Constitution extended the franchise to women.
The Cleveland Clinic was established.


Regional Population
  1890 1920
Cleveland 261,353 796,841
Cuyahoga County 309,970 943,495


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.