AHA President, 1884-85


Cornell University

From the American Historical Review 24:2 (January 1919)

Andrew D. White (November 7, 1832–November 4, 1918), president of Cornell University from its foundation in 1867 till 1885, died at Ithaca on November 4, a few days before the completion of his eighty-sixth year. As one of the chief founders of the American Historical Association and its first president, 1884–1886, he would be eminently entitled to grateful commemoration in these pages; but this was but a small part of the service he constantly rendered to history and to learning during a long lifetime. He was professor of history in the University of Michigan from 1857 to 1863, lectured often on historical subjects at Cornell, and collected a notable historical library, which he presented to the latter institution. His own chief historical work was A History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom (1896), a brilliant and learned series of studies in the history of civilization, always his favorite field. In 1910 he published a volume in the same general domain, that of the history of thought, of expansion of the human mind, of tolerance and intolerance, entitled Seven Great Statesmen in the Warfare of Science with Unreason. None of his books however is more profitable than his delightful Autobiography (1905), which may well be read by everyone who is occupied with history and higher education in America. The career which in that book he surveys with so much ripe wisdom and such genuine good-will toward all mankind had been one of great distinction, not only in education, but in legislative and diplomatic service, as senator in New York, minister to Germany and to Russia, and ambassador in Berlin; but the founding and early management of Cornell University was his most signal achievement, and Cornell and history remained his strongest interests. In history it was the development of ideas, of culture, and of learning that he most loved to emphasize. He influenced many young men toward their study; and, genial and kind as he was wise and experienced, he was the constant friend of them, and of all men.



Methods of teaching history. By A. D. White, W. F. Allen, C. K. Adams, John W. Burgess, J. R. Seeley, H. B. Adams, E. Emerton, G. S. Morris, R. T. Ely, A. B. Hart, W. C. Collar, J. T. Clarke, W. E. Foster, and others. 2d ed., entirely recast and rewritten. Boston, Ginn, Heath and company, 1885.

Paper-money inflation in France; how it came, what it brought, and how it ended. New York, D. Appleton, 1876.

The warfare of science. By Andrew Dickson White. New York, D. Appleton and company, 1876.

A history of the warfare of science with theology in Christendom. by Andrew Dickson White. New York, D. Appleton & Company, 1896; Abridged for the modern reader, with a pref. and epilogue by Bruce Mazlish. New York, Free Press, 1965; Reprint two volumes in one, Buffalo, N.Y.: Prometheus Books, 1993

“The Constitution and American education,” N.p., Itahaca, N.Y., 1887.

European schools of history and politics. By Andrew D. White. Baltimore, N. Murray, Publication agent, Johns Hopkins University, 1887; New York, Johnson Reprint Corp., 1973.

Education in political science: an address delivered in the Academy of Music, Baltimore, on the third anniversary of the Johns Hopkins University, February 22, 1879, by Hon. Andrew D. White. Baltimore: Printed by J. Murphy, 1879.

Seven great statesmen in the warfare of humanity with unreason. By Andrew Dickson White. New York, The Century Co., 1910.

Fiat money inflation in France; how it came, what it brought and how it ended. By Andrew Dickson White. New York, London, D. Appleton-Century company, incorporated, 1933. Reprint with a forward by Henry Hazlitt. San Francisco, Calif.: Cato Institute, c1980.

Selected chapters from the Autobiography of Andrew D. White. Ithaca, N.Y., Cornell University Press, 1939.