Library of Congress
Prints and Photographs Division,
Samuel Jones, a graduate of West Point and former Confederate major
general, was president from 1873 to 1875.
During his presidency, Jones reconstructed the curriculum and the overall focus of the College. He established six departmentslanguages, mathematics, English, natural science, moral philosophy, and agriculturewith emphasis on science instead of the classics.
He also added military training and continued the preparatory school,
advertising it as a preparatory course for West Point and the Naval
The Board requested his resignation because of controversy over his change
in emphasis from agriculture to militarism. Following his presidency, he became a clerk in the federal war department. Jones died in 1887.