Leonard Jackson Powell, 1882-87
Born in Oates County, Kentucky in 1834 Powell was educated at the Wesleyan University of Deleware, Ohio and graduated in 1861. Before his service as President of the University of Washington Powell served fourteen years as a mathematics instructor at Willamette University of Salem, served as President of the Albany Collegiate Institute, and spent four years as Superintendent of Public Instruction in Oregon. Apart from academics he was an ordained minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Powell was chosen as President of the University of Washington in 1882 and served in the capacity until his death from cholera morbus on August 17, 1887 in Seattle, Washington at the age of 53 years.