Thomas Milton Gatch, 1887-95
Born in Clermont County Ohio on January 29, 1833 Gatch was educated at the Ohio Wesleyan University of Greencastle Indiana. He graduated in 1855 with an A.B. degree and went on to attend DePauw University for his Ph.D. degree. He emigrated to San Francisco in 1856 and, after first attempting a career in mining, became the chair of mathematics and natural sciences at the University of the Pacific at Santa Clara. In 1859 Gatch moved to Olympia, Washington to become principal of the Puget Sound Wesleyan Institute. Between 1859 and his appointment as President of the University of Washington in 1887 he served as chair of ancient languages and moral sciences at Willamette University of Salem Oregon, Principal of Portland Academy, President of Willamette University, professor of history and English literature at the University of Oregon, and principal of the Wasco Independent Academy at the Dalles. Gatch served as President of the University of Washington between 1887-1894. He Died April 23, 1913 in Seattle, Washington at 80 years of age.