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David Stanton Tappan, bulk: 1899 - 1902, 1899 - 1912

 Sub-Group — Box: 1; David Stanton Tappan Collection; 1888-1929; 13A-A-3A

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, manuscripts, and printed material mainly relating to Tappan's selection and service as Miami University President. Also includes drafts of some Tappan sermons.


  • Majority of material found within 1899 - 1902
  • 1899 - 1912


Conditions Governing Access

Materials do not circulate and are made available to users in the Miami University Archives.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials do circulate and may only be used in the archives.

Biographical / Historical

Birth Death 1845-1922

Term 1899-1902

Born,Steubenville, O.. April 2, 1845; Son of Dr. Benjamin and Oella (Stanton) Tappan [Mother was sister of Edwin M. Stanton, War Secretary under Lincoln]; A.B. [head of class], Miami U., 1864, A.M., 1886; Graduated, Western Theol. Sem., Allegheny, Pa., 1867; (hon. A.M., Wooster, 1878, LL.D., 1899; D.D., Lenox, 1887); Married. Anna Grand Girard, Aug. 12, 1869. Prin, Slate Lick, Acad., Pa., 1865, Callensburg (Pa.) Acad., 1866. Ordained Presbyn. ministry, 1868; Pastor, Charlton, Ia., 1868-71; Mt. Pleasant, Ia., 1871-90, Portsmouth, O. 1890-99; Pres., Miami U., 1899-1902; Pastor Circleville, O., 1902-13. Trustee Parsons Coll., 1887-90. U. of Wooster, 1896-99; Moderator Synod of Ohio, 1898; Del. Pan-Presbyn, Council, New York, 1909. Author: History of Presbyterianism in Iowa, 1887; Miscellaneous Sermons, 1899. Home: Los Angeles, Calif. Died, Mar. 20, 1922. [WHO WAS WHO IN AMERICA, 1897-1942]

Tappan presented degrees to Miami's first three women graduates in 1900. That same year, he guided Miami through a typhoid epidemic that affected a third of the student body and took the lives of two of his children. [GLOS, BIOGRAPHIES OF MEN AND WOMEN FOR WHOM MIAMI BUILDINGS ARE NAMED]

Bibliography: John C. Parrett, "The Tappan Administration," In Historical Addresses Delivered to the Alumni In Connection with the Centennial Commencement Exercises of Miami University, June 12-17, 1909. Miami Bulletin ser.8, n.3 (September 1909): 44-45.

David Stanton Tappan was born in Steubenville, Ohio on April 2, 1845. His grandmother was the sister of Edwin M. Stanton, War Secretary under Abraham Lincoln. IN 1864, Tappan received an A.B. from Miami University, graduating at the head of his class. He served as the Principal of Slate Lick Academy, Pennsylvania, in 1865 and Callenburg Academy, Pennsylvania in 1867. The following year, he was ordained a Presbyterian minister and led congregations in Charlton, Iowa, from 1868 to 1871; Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, from 1871 to 1890; and Portsmouth, Ohio from 1890 to 1899. In 1899, the Miami University Board of Trustees named Tappan President. Although not an enthusiastic supporter of co-education, Tappan presented bachelor's degrees to Miami's first three women graduates in 1900. That same year, he had to deal with a typhoid epidemic that affected a third of the student body and took the life of his daughter. In 1902, shortly after the Ohio Legislature decided to locate a normal school at Miami, Tappan resigned. He subsequently pastored a church in Circleville, Ohio from1902 to 1913. David Stanton Tappan died on March 20, 1922 at home in Los Angeles, California.


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Language of Materials



Collection of materials relating to the life of Presbyterian minister and educator David Stanton Tappan who served as President of Miami University, Oxford, Ohio from 1899 to 1902.


President; David Stanton Tappan Collection; 1888-1929; 1974 Box 1 [13A-A-3A] Contents: 1. Letters Recommending Tappan for the Miami Presidency [a]. James A. Mount, Governor of Indiana (July 21, 1899) [b]. Rev. W.H. Roberts (July 31, 1899) [c]. Judge C.A. Thompson (August 2, 1899) [d]. E.R. Monfort (July 22, 1899) [e]. Willis J. Craig (July 28, 1899) [f]. Meade C. Williams (June 30, 1899) [g]. Judge Elam Fisher (August 14, 1899) [h]. J.G. Monfort (June 30, 1899) [i]. P.J. Kline (July 8, 1899) [j]. John G. Peebles (July 31, 1899) [k]. Letter from Trustees Committee to Board recommending Tappan (August 15, 1899) 2. Inauguration as Miami President (1899-1900) [a]. Letter from Tappan to John W. Herron accepting the Presidency of Miami University (August 17, 1899) [b]. Inauguration of Rev. David Stanton Tappan, D.D. LL.D., as President of Miami University. . . June 14, 1900 . n.p. 5. Annual Report of the Miami University to the Governor of the State of Ohio for the Year Ending December 1, 1901. Columbus: F. J. Heer, 1902. 6. Biographical and family information (1912, and undated) [a]. "Edwin M. Stanton" (July 3, 1912)[holograph manuscript] [b]. Biographical information (n.d.) [c]. Children and grandchildren (n.d.) [d]. "My father . . . " Account of Tappan's visit to see his uncle Edwin M. Stanton and account of Lincoln and the Civil War (n.d.) 7. Sermons (n.d.) I 8. Sermons (n.d.) II 9. Sermons (n.d.) III.


Organized into the following series: I. Miami Presidency Materials, 1899-1902; II. Biographical and family information, 1912 and undated; III. Sermons, undated.

Physical Location

Miami University Archives, King Library, 3rd Floor, Walter Havighurst Special Collections, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquired from various sources.

Existence and Location of Originals

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Processing Information

The collection was processed by Bob Schmidt, Archivist, Miami University.

Repository Details

Part of the Miami University and Western College Memorial Archives Repository