The Making of a Progressive President 1869–1917

Eric A. Moyen

in Frank L. McVey and the University of Kentucky

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780813129839
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135694 | DOI:
The Making of a Progressive President 1869–1917

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Although he was an Ohio Buckeye, his birthplace and events that occurred during his youth play no small part in shaping Frank LeRond McVey' worldview. This influenced how he was able to serve as a southern state university's president and contribute significantly to higher education in America. McVey was raised in the Midwest in a progressive Republican family, and his parents' personalities influenced both his professional career as well as his personal life. is father, Alfred McVey, graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University and his personality, career, and education affected Frank's scholarly interests. His mother, Anna Holmes McVey, also had a college education and graduated from Xenia Female College. Compared to her husband, Anna was very strict. This chapter attempts to look into Frank McVey's family background and early experiences.

Keywords: Frank L. McVey; Anna Holmes McVey; Alfred McVey; higher education; Republican family; personality; career; education; scholarly interest

Chapter.  18111 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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