Professional Background: President of the University of Missouri (1840–1849), chancellor of the University of Wisconsin (1849–1859)

After serving as the first president of the University of Missouri and the first chancellor of the University of Wisconsin, John Lathrop was named as Indiana University’s fourth president in 1859. He held the post for one year before accepting a professorship at the University of Missouri, stating he preferred faculty life to that of an administrator. In 1865 he was again made president of the University of Missouri and died in office in 1866.