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Andrew Wylie

Andrew Wylie Andrew Wylie (1789-1851) was the first president of Indiana University, having been president of both Jefferson and Washington Colleges in Pennsylvania. During his tenure, Wylie helped to establish the law department, increased enrollment at the University, and guided the school through its rechartering as Indiana University in 1838. Andrew Wylie also steered the nascent institution through some very difficult times.  Wylie survived a series of scandals driven mostly by harsh sectarianism between different religious groups in Bloomington.  Wylie served for 22 years, dying of pneumonia which he developed when he accidentally cut himself while chopping wood.  Notably, Andrew Wylie corresponded frequently with William Holmes McGuffey, most famous for the McGuffey reader, on issues relating to education.