Edmund Ezra Day

Edmund Ezra Day was born in Manchester, New Hampshire in 1883. He received a B.S. and an M.A. from Dartmouth College, and a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University. From 1910 to 1923 he served as professor of economics and chair of the department at Harvard. During World War I, he served as statistician for the U.S. Shipping Board and the War Industries Board. In 1921, he was elected Fellow of the American Statistical Association. In 1923, he went to the University of Michigan, where he served as professor of economics, organizer and first dean of the School of Business Administration, and Dean of the University. He became director for the social sciences, 1928-1937, for the Rockefeller Foundation, and director of general education for the General Education Board, 1930-1937. In 1937 he was inaugurated as the fifth president of Cornell University, a position he held until 1949, when he resigned because of ill health. He was appointed to the post of Chancellor, giving his energies to the major overall aspects of University development, to the higher levels of fund raising, and to the cultivation of the University’s relations with the State. He also continued to serve as the chief executive officer of the Medical College. Edmund Ezra Day died in 1951. [Sources: Cornell Libraries, ASA}

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