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Sturtevant, Julian M.

Born: 1805-07-26 Warren, Connecticut

Died: 1886-02-11 Jacksonville, Illinois

Flourished: 1856-09-27 Jacksonville, Illinois

Sturtevant and his family moved to Summit County, Ohio, when he was young. He graduated from Yale College in 1826 and spent two years as principal of an academy in Canaan, Connecticut, before enrolling in the Yale Divinity School and graduating in 1829. He moved to Jacksonville, Illinois, soon thereafter and became one of the first faculty at Illinois College. Sturtevant was professor of mathematics, natural philosophy, and astronomy until 1844, when, upon the retirement of President Edward Beecher, he assumed the college presidency. During the Civil War, he traveled to Europe where he gave lectures to foster support for the Union cause.

J. M. Sturtevant, Jr., ed., Julian M. Sturtevant: An Autobiography (New York: Fleming H. Revell, 1896); Newton Bateman and Paul Selby, eds., Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Montgomery County, ed. by Alexander T. Strange (Chicago: Munsell, 1918), 1:512.