Tappan, Henry (Philip)(1805–81) university president, philosopher; born in Rhinebeck on the Hudson, N.Y. He gained international recognition as a philosopher with his works on free will in the 1830s and 1840s. As president (1852–63) he helped develop the University of Michigan into a great research institution modeled on German universities.
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