Portrait and Biographical Record of Effingham, Jasper and Richland Counties Illinois,Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, Governors of the State, and the Presidents of the United States.
(Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), p. 195.
Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.

WILLIAM E. LUGENBEEL, who has been President of Austin College, of Effingham, Ill., since the opening of that institution on the 7th of July, 1891, claims Maryland as the State of his nativity. The place of his birth was Frederick County and the date November 4, 1854. His parents were John Henry and Elizabeth (Harn) Lugenbeel. They were also natives of Maryland and were descended from old Colonial families. His father, who died in 1859, was of German descent, and the mother is of French and English lineage. She is still living and now makes her home in Baltimore, Md.

William E. Lugenbeel was reared to manhood in his native county and spent much of his boyhood working in his grandfather's woolen mill. His early education was obtained in the public and private schools of Frederick County, after which he entered the National Normal School of Lebanon, Ohio, from which institution he was graduated in the Class of '73. He then entered upon his life work as a teacher. He taught first in the public schools of Ohio and Indiana and then was Principal of the Southern Indiana Normal College, located at Mitchell, which position he held for a period of eight years. On the expiration of that time he became Principal of the Borden Institute, of Borden, Ind., where he remained for four years. In July, 1891, he accepted the Presidency of Austin College, which position he has since held. The history of this college is given elsewhere in this work. Mr. Lugenbeel has been employed in educational work exclusively since eighteen years of age and possesses high ability as an instructor.

In his social relations our subject is a member of Mitchell Lodge No. 228, A. F. & A. M., and of Mitchell Chapter of the Eastern Star. He also holds membership with Mitchell Lodge No. 150, K. of P. In political sentiment he is a Republican, and his religious belief is liberal, embracing all denominations; however, he is a member of the Methodist Church.

            Mr. Lugenbeel is a gentleman of thorough education and possesses superior ability as an educator. He is intensely interested in the progress of the students entrusted to his care, and he is systematic, thorough and industrious in discharge of the arduous duties of his position. Under his able management, Austin College has made a promising start in its career and bids fair to take rank among the leading educational institutions of Illinois.
 

Portrait and Biographical Record of Effingham, Jasper and Richland Counties Illinois, Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, Governors of the State, and the Presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), p. 500. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.

 

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