Josiah Little Pickard

Josiah Little Pickard (March 17, 1824 March 28, 1914) was the Superintendent of Public Instruction of Wisconsin, 1860–1864, and the sixth President of the University of Iowa, 1878–1887.

Josiah Little Pickard
Born17 March 1824 
Died28 March 1914  (aged 90)

Born in Rowley, Massachusetts, Pickard grew up on a farm near Brunswick, Maine and went to Lewiston Falls Academy in Maine. He graduated from Bowdoin College in 1844. In 1845, he moved west and then moved to Wisconsin, in 1864, and was principal of Platteville Academy now University of Wisconsin–Platteville. From 1860 until 1864, Pickard was Superintendent of Public Instruction of Wisconsin. During that time he was on the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents. In 1864, he resigned and moved to Chicago, Illinois to be head of the public school system. Finally, he went to the University of Iowa and served as President until his retirement in 1887. He also was President of the State Historical Society of Iowa. After 1889, he retired and from 1900, Pickard lived in retirement with his daughter in Cupertino, California.[1][2]

Pickard died at his daughter's home in Cupertino after falling from a streetcar and breaking his leg.[3][4][5] He was buried in Chicago.[3][5]


  1. Josiah Little Pickard, University of Iowa
  2. Josiah Little Pickard, Wisconsin Historical Society
  3. "Educator of Note is Dead". Reno Gazette-Journal. March 30, 1914. p. 8. Retrieved October 5, 2017 via
  4. "Dr. Josiah L. Pickard Dies; Former Head of Schools". Chicago Tribune. May 5, 1914. p. 10. Retrieved October 5, 2017 via
  5. "To Bury Dr. Pickard in Chicago". The Daily Times. May 6, 1914. p. 12. Retrieved October 5, 2017 via
Academic offices
Preceded by
Christian W. Slagle (acting)
George Thacher
President of the University of Iowa
Succeeded by
Charles Ashmead Schaeffer

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