Rev. Brownson was elected president pro tem of Washington & Jefferson College on February 1, 1870, and presided temporarily during a period of litigation over the union of the two colleges. In a letter from him to the Board of Trustees dated August 3, 1870, he renewed his "expression of desire to be relieved from the anxieties and labors of the Presidency at the earliest practicable period." His resignation was accepted.
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