These Were Builders

Daniel Sherman Upton 1864-1918 *

Long before Dr. Upton came to Buffalo Normal School as princi ­ pal in 1909, he had established his reputation as a leading educator in trade and vocational work. Under his able direction in the first decade of this century, the city of Buffalo established a thorough system of technical education in its public schools. He was the first principal of the Technical High School which became recognized as one of the best institutions of its kind. Dr. Upton was born in Lawrence, Michigan, January 25, 1864. Several members of his family were in military service. His uncle, after whom he is named served in the Civil War from Bull Run to the capture of Selma, Alabama in the closing months of the struggle and was raised to major-general. Dr. Upton's brother, LePoy S. graduated from West Point. Daniel Upton graduated from Cornell University with a M.E. (Mechanical Engineering) degree. In the following year, he earned a bachelor of science degree at Olivet College, Michigan. Later, the Albany Normal School conferred upon him the degree of P.D. in recognition of his educational achievements. 3efore coming to Buffalo, he had charge of the trade schools at the state reformatory in Elmira. He was at the head of Buffalo's Technical Schools Depart ­ ment until 1909. At that time, he succeeded Dr. Cassety as princi ­ pal of the State Normal School. Immediately, he began to work on a movement for a new building for increased facilities which the growing demand on the institution made necessary. Within two years of his appointment, two new

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