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One Hundred Years Ago Was Eventful Year at Tech
One Hundred Years Ago Was Eventful Year at Tech

Theodore Roosevelt

The year 1905 was significant at Georgia Tech. The school lost and gained a president, enrollment climbed to 500 students, an honor code was instituted and 100 years ago this month, Theodore Roosevelt became the nation's first president to pay the campus a visit.

It was the year the school's second president, Lyman Hall, died. Following a lengthy fund-raising trip, Hall checked into a health resort in Danville, N.Y., suffering from exhaustion. In August, he died at the age of 46.

Kenneth Matheson, head of Tech's English Department, was named president. He defined Georgia Tech's mission as "teaching first, then research and finally extension work among the people of the state."

In the second year of football coach John Heisman's career at Tech, the students designed and built the first wooden stands along the football field called "The Flats."

On Oct. 20, Roosevelt spoke on the steps of the administration building about the importance of technological education.

"Every triumph of engineering skill credited to an American is credited to America," Roosevelt said. "It is incumbent upon you to do well, not only for your individual sakes, but for the sake of that collective American citizenship which dominates the American nation."

After his address, he shook hands with every student.

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