IN THE DAYS OF MENDENHALL
THOMAS CORWIN MENDENHALL, third president, differed from his predecessors in many respects, conspicuously in point of background. He had arrived. Long before reaching the mature age of fifty-three, he had achieved national and some international renown as a scientist and an administrator. His career had been unique. Its zenith came perhaps during the five-year period just prior to his appointment by the Institute trustees. That was his term of office as superintendent of the United States Coast & Geodetic Survey. The activities of this and other governmental services were to be among his major interests for the rest of his life.
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