Harry Burns Hutchins (1847-1930) was president of the University of Michigan (1909-1920).

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Harry Burns Hutchins was born in Lisbon, N.H., in 1847 and received his preparatory education in the east. However, from the time he entered the University of Michigan as an undergraduate, his life and work were closely tied to Michigan. He was the first student to receive a degree from James B. Angell at the time Angell took office as president of the university in 1871.

He served as interim president of the university in 1897-98 while President Angell was serving as envoy to Turkey, and again in 1909-10 after Angell's resignation. In spite of his reluctance to accept the appointment as president at age 63, the Regents prevailed on him and he agreed to serve for five years. Letters of July 5, 1910, to Regents Leland and Knappen (box 2, folder 1) detail the conditions of his acceptance; numerous letters in the next few months replying to congratulatory messages he received, reiterate his doubts and hesitation. However, once in office he applied himself to the job with diligence.

Bob, this is a likeness of Harry Burns Hutchins, who was indeed a lawyer -- and a Professor of Law, and the Dean of the University of Michigan Law School, and President (1910-1920) of the University of Michigan. The Law Quadrangle's classroom building, Hutchins Hall, bears his name. The sculpture depicts Hutchins pointing at a set of blueprints: the plans of the Law Quadrangle, which was a gift to the University during his administration.