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Title UA3 President's Office Series 1. Henry Hardin Cherry Subseries 7. Personal Papers
Creator Cherry, Henry Hardin, 1864-1937
Description Personal papers of Henry Hardin Cherry regarding his family and his political ambitions.
Collection WKU Archives
Object Name Records
Year Range From 1906
Year Range To 1937
Admin / Biog History The president's office was created in 1906. Henry Hardin Cherry served as founder of WKU and its first president, a position he held until his death in 1937.

Henry Hardin Cherry was born November 16, 1864 in Warren County, Kentucky, the son of George Washington and Frances (Stahl) Cherry. He attended the Southern Normal School and Business College along with his brother Thomas Crittenden Cherry. After college the Cherry brothers taught in rural schools and Henry returned to teach at the Southern Normal. They purchased the school in 1892 with Henry filling the main administrative role. Cherry actively pursued the creation of a state funded teacher training school and in 1906 succeeded in converting the Southern Normal into the Western Kentucky State Normal School.

Highlights of his administration include the purchase of the Potter College for Young Ladies property which resulted in the relocation of the school to "the Hill," the merger with Ogden College, construction of buildings, hiring of faculty and the evolution of the training school into a four year college.

Some of Cherry's personal papers are also found in this series most notably those pertaining to his political aspirations and two candidacies for the Kentucky governorship.
Subjects Western Kentucky University
Political campaigns
Chautauquas
People Cherry, Henry Hardin, 1864-1937
Search Terms Cherry family
Finding Aids TopScholar - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_fin_aid/204/
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Catalog Number UA3.1.7
Dates of Creation 1906-1937
Caption WKU Archives Logo
Extent .40 cu. ft.
Number of Images 1
Access Conditions no restrictions
Parent ID UA3.1
Level of Description Subseries
Disciplines Political Science
Social and Behavioral Sciences
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UA3 President's Office Series 1. Henry Hardin Cherry Subseries 7. Personal Papers Subseries 1. Family Papers
UA3 President's Office Series 1. Henry Hardin Cherry Subseries 7. Personal Papers Subseries 2. Political Papers