On a clear winter Friday in early 1910, Franklin & Marshall College inaugurated Henry H. Apple (F&M Class of 1889) as its fifth president in a jubilant ceremony at Lancaster’s Fulton Opera House.
Representatives from more than 50 colleges and universities attended the event. The main address was delivered by Princeton University’s President Woodrow Wilson, who later became the 28th president of the United States (1913-1921).
Pennsylvania Gov. Edwin S. Stuart, outgoing F&M President John S. Stahr (F&M Class of 1867) and Lancaster Mayor J. P. McCaskey also gave remarks at the ceremony. The afternoon’s celebration began with a colorful procession of faculty and invited dignitaries in full academic dress, making their way from the First Reformed Church to the Opera House.
Apple, who was the son of F&M’s third president, Thomas G. Apple (F&M Class of 1850), would serve the College with distinction for the next 25 years. During his tenure, nine buildings were constructed, the size of the student body was tripled and the endowment was increased by a factor of five.
— Christopher Raab, Archives & Special Collections Librarian