Dr. Slemmons served Washington & Jefferson College as acting president during the World War I period from May 1918, to June 1919. He was born in Cadiz, Ohio, December 1, 1855, and graduated from Princeton University in 1877 and from the Western Theological Seminary in 1887. Grove City College conferred the degree of Doctor of Divinity upon him in 1900 and W & J honored him with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree in 1936. He served on the faculty of W & J from 1919 to 1935 as adjunct professor of Biblical Literature and also on the Board of Trustees for 38 years. He retired in 1935 but continued teaching two philosophy courses until his death. He died Labor Day, September 4, 1939, at the age of 83.
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