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Celebrating our Sesquicentennial 1867-2017
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The Illinois Industrial University opened its doors on March 2, 1868, with three faculty members. The first student, James Newton Matthews of Mason, Illinois, enrolled in agriculture, later earning a medical degree and practicing medicine.On March 11, 1868, Willard Flagg Bliss was named the first professor of agriculture.

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Mar 02, 1868
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James Newton Matthews, 1872. Credit University Archives.
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James Newton Matthews, 1872. Credit University Archives.