Benjamin Benjamin Stoddert Ewell Ewell (1810-1894)

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Benjamin Stoddert Ewell was a graduate of the United States Military Academy, a soldier, civil engineer, and educator; professor of mathematics and military science; colonel of the college company in the 32nd Virginia Infantry.

Benjamin S. Ewell served as interim president of the College of William and Mary from July 1848 until his resignation on October 5th, 1848. Ewell served as the interim president after Robert Saunders, Jr. and before Bishop John Johns. While the Board of Visitors elected Ewell to the Presidency earlier in 1848, Ewell declined their offer, but agreed to stay on until the Board found another candidate. When the board failed to do that in a timely manner, Ewell resigned, forcing them to find another President. Ewell served as president beginning in 1854 until the closure of the college on May 10, 1861 due to the Civil War. Ewell managed to reopen the college on October 1, 1869 with mostly his own funds, and remained president until William and Mary's closure due to lack of attendance in July 1881. In 1888, the college was reopened with state funds, and Ewell was president until his resignation on May 11, 1888.

Ewell Hall and the Ewell Hall Dormitory were named in honor of President Ewell.

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Preceded by College of William and Mary President Succeeded by
Rev. John Johns

July 1, 1849 - 1854

Benjamin S. Ewell

1854 - May 11, 1888

Lyon G. Tyler

August 23, 1888 - June 30, 1919

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