James Burrill Angell (January 7, 1829 near Scituate, Rhode Island – April 1, 1916, Ann Arbor, Michigan) was an American educator, academic administrator, and diplomat. He is best known for being the longest-serving president of the University of Michigan (1871-1909). Under his leadership Michigan gained prominence as an elite public university. Today, he is often cited by Michigan administrators for providing the vision of Michigan as a university that should provide "an uncommon education for the common man." Angell Hall bears his name.
Angell was a graduate from and professor of languages at Brown University, editor of the Providence Journal (1860-1866), president of the University of Vermont (1866-1871). He served as U.S. Minister to China (1880-1881) and to Turkey (1897-1898). Several of his descendants also became well-known educators and academics
Angell is buried in Forest Hill Cemetery.
Forest Hill Cemetery, Political Graveyard
James Burrill Angell, US Department of State Office of the Historian