Rev. Black was elected president of Washington & Jefferson College April 18, 1919, and was inaugurated October 22, 1919. He was born on September 6, 1869, at Monticello, Iowa and graduated from Parsons College. When welcomed to the College at the alumni dinner held June 4, 1919, he stated that "his ideal for the college was that it should produce clean, cultured, keen-minded gentlemen." --The Washington Daily Reporter, June 5, 1919. In the spring of 1920 it was reported that the College had the largest enrollment in any one year during its history. There were 368 men matriculated in that year. At the end of the spring term in 1921, he left on vacation with plans to marry. He was married on June 29, 1921, in Iowa, and was touring the national parks on his honeymoon when he was stricken in Colorado. He died at Denver, Colorado, July 25, 1921, and was buried in Clarinda, Iowa, the home of his parents.
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