Biographical Sketch of
James Eugene Manchester
James Manchester was born August 16, 1855 in Pitcairn, St. Lawrence County, New York, to Carlos and Lydia M. (Gleason) Manchester.
He came with his parents to Udolpho Township in 1862 and married Margaret Smith September 1879 in Windom Township, Mower County.
He attended Winona Normal School and later the University of Minnesota, graduating in 1884. He was Principal of the Blue Earth High School, 1889-1890 and from 1890-1893 was Superintendent of school at Alexandria. In 1893-1894 he attended the University of Michigan, graduating in special mathematics and physics. The following five years he and his wife spent in Europe. He specialized in pure and applied mathematics at Goettingen, Heidelburg, Leipsig and Tuebingen and received the degree of Doctor of Science. Returning in 1899 he was elected professor of mathematics at Vincennes University and later president of that institution. He became professor of mathematics at the Minnesota State University in 1902, and resigned in the spring of 1909.
He was consistent member of M.E. church. He was a life long student, always pushing on for further attainment and was one of the best mathematicians that Minnesota ever had. He was a man of modest bearing and was universally respected for his character and attainments. After a brief illness, he died of Brights disease on January 24, 1913 Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota.
No children were born to him and Margaret.