Eugene William Bohannon

Eugene Bohannon. (Image: University of Minnesota Duluth)

Eugene William Bohannon is a man of wide and varied experiences in his profession, and holds a leading place among the successful educators of the Northwest. A native of Indiana, he was born at Boonville, October 13, 1865, and is a son of George W. and Elizabeth (Wilder) Bohannon. After leaving the public schools he attended the State Norman School, at Terre Haute, Ind., and was graduated there in 1887, then studied three years at the University of Indiana, Bloomington, where he was graduated as a Bachelor of Arts with the class of 1890.

Two years later he received from his alma mater the degree of Master of Arts. He then spent three years—1895-98—at Clark University, Worcester, Mass. Mr. Bohannon began his career as a teacher in 1887, taking a position as principal of schools at Brownsburg, Ind. He was then principal of schools at Plainfield, Ind., during the years 1889-91, and in 1892 filled a like position in the high school at Pekin, Ill. He was superintendent of schools at Rensselaer, Ind., in 1893-95, after which he went to Minnesota, and from 1898 to 1901 was at the head of the department of psychology and pedagogy in the State Normal School, at Mankato.

Mr. Bohannon took up his residence at Duluth in 1901, and since that time has been president of the State Normal School there, an office for which his ripe scholarship, his broad culture and his varied experiences, combined with his native abilities, most thoroughly and admirably fit him. Mr. Bohannon is closely identified with the civic and social life of the city, and is active in numerous organizations. He is a member of the Phi Gamma Delta college fraternity, belongs to the Kitchi Gammi and Commercial Clubs, of Duluth, and is a member of Knights of Pythias; member of Duluth Public Library Board.

On April 18, 1901, he married Miss Mary Agnes Carney, of Mankato, Minn.


  • Van Brunt, Walter, ed. Duluth and St. Louis County, Minnesota Vols. 1 – 3. The American Historical Society. Chicago: 1922.
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