Asa Shinn Mercer, 1861-63
Born in Bureau County (Princeton), Illinois on June 6, 1839. He was the first President of the Territorial University of Washington and served from 1861 to 1863. He was a graduate of Franklin College in Ohio and was elected to the Washington State Senate. In later life he was a cattleman. He died in Buffalo, Wyoming on August 10, 1917 at the age of 78.