1844 – Born in Hinsdale, New Hampshire on the 10th of January.
1870 – Graduating from Brown University.
1874 – The Newton Theological Institution.
1875 – He preached for one year and then was president of Denison University.
1879 – He was professor of homiletics at Newton Theological Institution.
1882 – Political economy at Brown University.
1888 – Professor of political economy and finance at Cornell University.
1889 – He served as the president of Brown University.
1897 – He resigned as president of Brown because of criticism by trustees of his advocacy of free silver but at that time withdrew his resignation.
1898 – He was superintendent of schools, Chicago and then became chancellor of the University of Nebraska.
1892 – He was a United States commissioner to the Brussels monetary conference and was a strong supporter of international bimetallism.
1900 – He became a member of the corporation of Brown University.
1904 – He was made president of the Association of State Universities.
1909 – He retired from the University of Nebraska as chancellor emeritus on the 1st of January.
1917 – Died at his home in Interlachen, Florida on the 30th of October.