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Joseph Kinmont Hart was a young professor of education during this time and played a role in the unrest at the university. Hart was a popular teacher, a sought-after speaker in the community, and an agitator for social change. His politics were in contrast to most of the Board of Regents and the state legislature and the battles he fought with his own colleagues ultimately led to his being fired with the rest of the department in 1915. Hart was among a number of people who questioned Suzzallo’s candidacy for the UW presidency. It was widely believed that Hart wrote an article critical of Suzzallo in the Northwest Journal of Education. Whether Hart actually penned the essay or not, Suzzallo believed he did and in his correspondences with one of Hart’s enemies, Frederick Bolton (who ultimately was fired along with Hart), Suzzallo makes clear his dislike for Hart. This point may be important given the timing of Hart’s firing by interim president Henry Landes: one day before it was announced that Suzallo was selected to be the new president of UW.


Published in Vitae Scholasticae, vol. 43 no. 3 (2005), pp. 87-114.