Alexander Jay Anderson, 1877-82
Born in Scotland in 1832 he emigrated to the United States and took up residency near Joliet, Illinois. He graduated from Knox College at Galesburg in 1856. Before his term as President of the University he was the chair of mathematics and Dean of Academy at the Pacific University of Forest Grove, Oregon and Principle of Central School in Portland. He served five years as the President of the University of Washington, from 1877 to 1882. In 1882 he resigned as President of the University of Washington to become the President of Whitman College in Walla Walla. Anderson retired in Ellensburg and died in Olympia, Washington on March 17, 1903.