Elisha Andrews

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Elisha Andrews
Elisha Andrews.jpg
Elisha Andrews, painted by William Merritt Chase
8th President of Brown University
In office
Preceded by Ezekiel Robinson
Succeeded by William Faunce
Personal details
Born (1844-01-10)January 10, 1844
Hinsdale, New Hampshire, U.S.
Died October 30, 1917(1917-10-30) (aged 73)
Interlachen, Florida, U.S.
Nationality American
Alma mater Brown University
Religion Baptist

Elisha Benjamin Andrews (January 10, 1844 – October 30, 1917) was an American economist and educator.

Early life

Andrews was born in Hinsdale, New Hampshire.

Academic life

He served in Connecticut regiments during the Civil War. Graduating from Brown University in 1870 and from the Newton Theological Institution in 1874, he preached for one year and then was president of Denison University from 1875-79. He was professor of homiletics at Newton Theological Institution from 1879–82; professor of history and political economy at Brown University from 1882–88; professor of political economy and finance at Cornell University from 1888–89; and he served as the president of Brown University from 1889 until 1898. He resigned as president of Brown in 1897 because of criticism by trustees of his advocacy of free silver but at that time withdrew his resignation.

He was the superintendent of schools for Chicago from 1898 to 1900, and then became chancellor of the University of Nebraska in 1900. He retired from academic life as chancellor emeritus of the University of Nebraska on January 1, 1909. In 1892, he was an American commissioner to the Brussels monetary conference and was a strong supporter of international bimetallism. He became a member of the corporation of Brown University in 1900 and was made president of the Association of State Universities in 1904. Andrews died at his home in Interlachen, Florida in 1917.


Andrews published many college textbooks on history and economics, including:

  • An Honest Dollar (1889; third edition, 1894)
  • Wealth and Moral Law (1894)
  • History of the United States (two volumes, 1894)
  • History of the United States (six volumes, 1903–12)
  • The History of the Last Quarter Century in the United States, 1870-95 (1896; revised under the title The United States in Our Own Time, 1903)


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Academic offices
Preceded by
Ezekiel Robinson
President of Brown University
Succeeded by
William Faunce