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Who spent part of their day yesterday watching the inauguration of President Biden and Vice President Harris?
The group in the photo includes, from left to right,
- Francis Huntington Snow (standing in front of the column), one of the first three faculty members at KU and a former chancellor (1890-1901)
- Kansas Governor William Eugene Stanley
- Yale President Arthur Twining Hadley
- Thomas M. Potter, a former Kansas State Senator, the namesake of Potter Lake, and a member of the KU Board of Regents (1901-1909)
- Chancellor Frank Strong
The Lawrence Daily World reported on the inaugural events the following day (October 18, 1902) in multiple articles, as seen below. The newspaper praised all aspects of the inauguration, arguing that overall it was “the most successful event ever consummated in this town” and “one that will live in university history as the greatest educational event in the west up to this time.” Humorously, the newspaper also noted that “while the programme [sic] was long it had to be so. Chancellor Strong has much to say and could not have outlined his policy in fewer words.”
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