John Hiram Lathrop – Chancellor – 1849-1858
  • Born January 22, 1799
  • Came to Wisconsin from the University of Missouri
  • September 1849 Elected first chancellor of the University of Wisconsin
  • January 16, 1850 Inaugurated
  • Recommended the university's seal with the words “Numen Lumen”
  • Two sons died while in office and buried at Forest Hill Cemetery
  • July 27, 1858 resigns to became a professor of moral philosophy, ethics and political science
  • Remained as acting chancellor until Henry Barnard's arrival in mid 1859
  • 1859 Accepted the presidency of Indiana University
  • 1860 Returned to Missouri as a law professor
  • 1865 He again was elected president of the University of Missouri
  • August 2, 1866 Died while still in that office