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Hubbard Henry Maynard


Born August 2, 1845, Hubbard Henry Maynard came to Coe in 1903 to fill the position of Field Financial Secretary. Upon his arrival, the college was facing serious financial difficulties from expanding enrollment.  Dr. Maynard devised a plan with President McCormick to begin an endowment campaign; over the next five years he actively campaigned in Cedar Rapids and around the country to raise money.  By the time he tendered his resignation in 1908 to accept the vice-presidency at Omaha University, he had erased the college debt and created significant assets.  In his resignation letter he states the debt had been paid as of June 1, 1907, and the college had net assets of nearly $686,500, of which $341,000 had been raised by his personal efforts.  During that same time period, he had sent an application for funds to philanthropist Andrew Carnegie and began talks with Mrs. Elizabeth Voorhees.  These endeavors resulted in money for the Carnegie Science Building and Voorhees Hall.

After his tenure in Omaha, Dr. Maynard resumed his position at Coe in 1911 and recommenced the endowment campaign.  Though sixty-six years of age, he still exhibited the drive evident while a soldier during the Civil War.  Enlisting in the Army of the Potomac's 145h Pennsylvania Volunteers at age eighteen, he fought throughout the remainder of the war and was present at Appomattox Courthouse for Lee's surrender.

Fighting in the Civil War emphasized the importance of patriotism and national unity to Dr. Maynard, and he spent the rest of his life promoting the subject, pressing for the institution of a patriotism department at Coe.  One result of his patriotic zeal was Dr. Maynard's election in 1911 as a vice-president of the National Bureau for the Advancement of Patriotism.

On November 30, 1916, Dr. Maynard and the college achieved their $1 million goal ending the endowment campaign.  These funds were applied to making necessary renovations to the college, and, with American involvement in the Great War appearing more and more imminent, the administration and faculty decided this was an opportune time to grant Dr. Maynard his request for a curriculum in patriotism.

Allocating $50,000 of the newly raised money, the college established the Department of American History and Patriotism to compliment the already existent History Department.  According to Dr. Maynard, the purpose of the department was "to cultivate in college students the spirit of good will to all men, to inculcate a respect for law, love of country, and a sense of responsibility to their community, their nation, and their world."   This study in nationalism and its effects was achieved through four courses the department did not share with the History Department: Development of the International Mind; The Evolution of Patriotism; The New Era and Its Program; and The History of Patriotism.  Courses were taught by President Marquis and professors of the History and Social Sciences departments.  Although these special courses in patriotism were eliminated from the college catalog in 1928, the Department of American History and Patriotism Department continued to exist for twenty more years until after World War II.

Dr. Maynard died unexpectedly of a stroke October 28, 1917, as he prepared to commence yet another fundraising tour for the college with his usual vigor.  He died "in the harness" as he had always wanted, and his tireless efforts had a substantial impact on creating the Coe that exists today.

 
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