4th president (July 1, 1895 – June 30, 1899)
Born: March 18, 1847
Died: March 29, 1909
Born in Delaware, Ohio, James Canfield grew up in New York City, attended Williams College, and later was employed by a railroad construction firm in the West. He went to Jackson, Michigan, to study law and for a time practiced law at St. Joseph, Michigan. He was a faculty member at the University of Kansas starting in 1877 (for 14 years) teaching English language and literature, history, and political science and was chancellor of the University of Nebraska.