Charles E. Hovey Presidential Papers

Charles E. Hovey (1827-1897) was the first president of the then Illinois State Normal University. Hovey became the university's first president in 1857, only serving for four years until 1861 when he was asked by President Lincoln to join the Union Army, raise the 33rd Illinois Infantry, and fight in the Civil War. After the war, Hovey moved his family to Washington, D.C. where he practiced law until his death on November 17, 1897. These materials were mostly created after his move to Washington D.C. and reminisce on his time as ISNU’s first president.