Portrait of Milton Valentine

Milton Valentine portrait

Milton Valentine (1825-1906)

Milton Valentine, Class of 1850, served as Gettysburg College's third president from 1868 to 1884. A Maryland native, Valentine was a professor at the seminary when called to Gettysburg's presidency

During his 16-year term, Valentine oversaw construction of several new campus buildings, including Stevens Hall (1868) and an astronomical observatory (1874). As president, he emphasized truth seeking and the need to adapt to changing currents in higher education.

Teaching was always his true passion and he resigned in 1884 to return to the seminary faculty. He continued to actively serve as a College Trustee until his death.

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