David Starr Jordan

David Starr Jordan (January 19, 1851 – September 19, 1931) was the founding president of Stanford University. He was an ichthyologist during his research tenure. Prior to Stanford, he was president of Indiana University. He was also a eugenicist whose published views expressed a fear of "race-degeneration" and asserted that cattle and human beings are "governed by the same laws of selection." Starr was also an antimilitarist who initially opposed U.S. involvement in World War I.[1][2][3]

David Starr Jordan
Portrait of David Starr Jordan.jpg
1st Chancellor of Stanford University
In office
1913 (1913) – 1916 (1916)
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded byRay Lyman Wilbur
1st President of Stanford University
In office
1891 (1891) – 1913 (1913)
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded byJohn C. Branner
7th President of Indiana University
In office
1884 (1884) – 1891 (1891)
Preceded byLemuel Moss
Succeeded byJohn Merle Coulter
Personal details
Born(1851-01-19)January 19, 1851
Wyoming County, New York
DiedSeptember 19, 1931(1931-09-19) (aged 80)
Stanford, California
Susan Bowen Jordan
(m. 1875; died 1885)

Jessie Knight Jordan
(m. 1887⁠–⁠1931)
ChildrenKnight Starr Jordan, Eric Knight Jordan, Barbara Jordan, Edith Jordan Gardner
Alma mater
ProfessionIchthyologist, University President
Scientific career
Academic advisorsAndrew Dickson White
Doctoral studentsCharles Henry Gilbert
Other notable students
Author abbrev. (zoology)Jordan

Birth and educationEdit

Jordan was born in Gainesville, New York, and grew up on a farm in upstate New York. His parents made the unorthodox decision to educate him at a local girls' high school.[4] His middle name of Starr does not appear in early census records, and was apparently self-selected; he began using it by the time he was enrolled at Cornell. He said it was in honor of his mother’s devotion to the minister Thomas Starr King.

He was inspired by Louis Agassiz to pursue his studies in ichthyology. He was part of the pioneer class of undergraduates at Cornell University, graduating in 1872 with a master's degree in botany.

He wrote his autobiography The Days of a Man, "During the three years which followed [my entrance as a "belated" freshman in March 1869], I completed all the requirements for a degree of Bachelor of Science, besides about two year of advanced work in Botany. Taking this last into consideration, the faculty conferred on me at graduation in June 1872, the advanced degree of Master of Science instead of the conventional Bachelor's Degree...it was afterward voted not to grant any second degree within a year after the Bachelor had been received. I was placed, quite innocently, in the position of being the only graduate of Cornell to merge two degrees into one."

His master's thesis was on the topic "The Wild Flowers of Wyoming County".

Portrait of Susan Bowen Jordan in 1879

Jordan obtained a medical degree, M.D., from Indiana Medical College in 1875.[5] He wrote in his autobiography that while teaching at Indianapolis High School, "I was also able to spend some time in the Medical College, from which, in the spring of 1875, I received the (scarcely earned) degree of Doctor of Medicine, though it had not at all been my intention to enter that profession." Jordan taught comparative anatomy at the college the following year (1876); the Indiana Medical College in Indianapolis opened in 1869 and closed its doors in 1878.[6]

Jordan married Susan Bowen (1845-1885) in Peru, Massachusetts on March 10, 1875 and she died in 1885 after 10 years of marriage. They had three children, educator Edith Monica (1877–1965), Harold Bowen (1882–1959), and Thora (1884–1886).[7] Jordan later married Jessie Knight (1866–1952) in 1887. Jordan and his second wife had three additional children, Knight Starr (1888–1947), Barbara (1891–1900), and Eric Knight (1903–1926).[5][4][8]

Early academic careerEdit

Jordan initially taught natural history courses at several small Midwestern colleges and secondary schools.

He was then accepted into the natural history faculty of Indiana University Bloomington as a professor of zoology in 1879. Jordan's teaching included his version of eugenics, which "sought to prevent the decay of the Anglo-Saxon/Nordic race by limiting racial mixing and by preventing the reproduction of those he deemed unfit".[9] Six years later, in 1885, he was named President of Indiana University, becoming the nation's youngest university president at age 34 and the first Indiana University president that was not an ordained minister.[10] He improved the university's finances and public image, doubled its enrollment, and instituted an elective system which, like Cornell's, was an early application of the modern liberal arts curriculum.[4]

Presidency of Stanford 1891-1916Edit

In March 1891, he was approached by Leland and Jane Stanford, who offered him the presidency of their about-to-open California university, Leland Stanford Junior University. Andrew White, the president of Cornell, had recommended Jordan to the Stanfords based on an educational philosophy fit with the Stanfords' vision of a non-sectarian, co-educational school with a liberal arts curriculum. He quickly accepted the offer.[4] Jordan arrived at Stanford in June 1891 and immediately set about recruiting faculty for the university's planned September opening. Pressed for time, he drew heavily on his own acquaintances; most of the fifteen founding professors came either from Cornell or Indiana University. That first year at Stanford he was instrumental in establishing the university's Hopkins Marine Station. He served Stanford as president until 1913 and then chancellor until his retirement in 1916. The university decided not to renew his three-year-term as chancellor in 1916. As the years went on, Jordan became increasingly alienated from the university.[10]

While chancellor, he was elected president of the National Education Association.[11] Jordan was a member in the Bohemian Club and the University Club in San Francisco.[12] Jordan served as a Director of the Sierra Club from 1892 to 1903.[13]

1899 Essay: "A Study of the Decay of Races Through the Survival of the Unfit"Edit

In 1899, Jordan delivered an essay at Stanford on behalf of racial segregation and racial purity.[14] In the essay, Jordan claimed that "For a race of men or a herd of cattle are governed by the same laws of selection." Jordan expressed great fears and phobias for "race degeneration" that would result unless great endeavors were put forward to maintain "racial unity."

Jordan's eugenics-based argument against warEdit

One of Jordan's main theses in the essay is that his goals for an ideal society are better engendered through peace than war. Jordan's argument against warfare contends that it is detrimental because it removes the strongest men from the gene pool.[15][16][17] Jordan asserted "Future war is impossible because the nations cannot afford it."[18] As one commentator put it, "Though he found meager evidence to support his preconceptions, he still confidently asserted that 'always and everywhere, war means the reversal of natural selection.' "[3](p79)

Jordan was president of the World Peace Foundation from 1910 to 1914 and president of the World Peace Conference in 1915, and initially opposed U.S. entry into World War I,[10] although he changed his position in 1917 and supported U.S. involvement after he became convinced that a German victory would threaten democracy.[3]

Multiple publications of the essayEdit

Soon after it was first delivered, the essay was published by the American Unitarian Association (copyright 1902) under the main title of "The Blood of the Nation" and a subtitle of "A Study of the Decay of Races Through the Survival of the Unfit." Multiple editions of this version followed over the next few years.[19]

An expanded version of the essay was delivered in Philadelphia at the two-hundred year anniversary of Benjamin Franklin's birth in 1906 and printed by the American Philosophical Society. The following year, an expanded version of the original essay with an embossed cover was published by Beacon Press in Boston but now under the main title of "The Human Harvest" (same subtitle).[20] This version was dedicated to Jordan's older brother Rufus who had volunteered to fight in the American Civil War and Jordan tells us was part of the "'Human Harvest' of 1862." However, Rufus was not killed as "cannon fodder" in fighting but through what would seem to be the "natural selection" of a disease (typhus) he was "unfit" to survive.[21]

In 1910, the original and slimmer version of the essay was again published by the American Unitarian Association in a "present less expensive form to insure the widest possible distribution."[22]

In 1915, Jordan published an "extended treatise on the same subject" titled War and Breed and again through the Beacon Press in Boston.[23] Here Jordan defines and begins to employ the relatively recent term "eugenics" and its opposite "dysgenics."[24]

Influential role as a eugenicistEdit

In 1928 Jordan served on the initial board of trustees of the Human Betterment Foundation, a eugenics organization that advocated compulsory sterilization legislation in the United States.[25][26] He then chaired the first Committee on Eugenics of the American Breeder's Association, from which the California program of forced deportation and sterilization emerged.[27] Jordan then went on to help found the Human Betterment Foundation as a trustee. The Human Betterment Foundation published "Sterilization for Human Betterment."

Role in coverup of the murder of Jane StanfordEdit

In 1905, Jordan launched an apparent coverup of the murder by poisoning of Jane Stanford. While vacationing in Oahu, Stanford had suddenly died of strychnine poisoning, according to the local coroner’s jury. Jordan then sailed to Hawaii, hired a physician to investigate the case, and declared she had in fact died of heart failure, a condition whose symptoms bear no relationship to those actually observed.[28][29] His motive for doing this has been a subject of speculation. One possibility is that he was simply acting to protect the reputation of the university;[28][30] its finances were precarious and a scandal might have damaged fundraising. He had written the president of Stanford's board of trustees offering several alternate explanations for Mrs. Stanford's death, suggesting they select whichever would be most suitable.[28] Given that Mrs. Stanford had a difficult relationship with him and reportedly planned to remove him from his position at the university, he might have also had a personal motive to eliminate suspicions that might have swirled around an unsolved crime.[31] Jordan's version of Mrs. Stanford's demise[32] was largely accepted until the appearance of several publications in 2003 emphasizing the evidence that she was murdered.[28][30][31][33]

Final years and legacyEdit

In retirement, Jordan remained active, writing on ichthyology, world relations, peace, and his autobiography.[10]

Lifetime honors and awardsEdit

  • 1877 Honorary Ph.D. awarded by Butler University[34]
  • 1886 Honorary LL.D. awarded by Cornell University[35]
  • 1902 Honorary LL.D. awarded by Johns Hopkins University[36]
  • 1909 Honorary LL.D. awarded by Indiana University[37]


Although a proponent of eugenics, Jordan was skeptical of certain other pseudoscientific claims. He coined the term "sciosophy" to describe the "systematized ignorance" of the pseudoscientist.[38][39] His later work, The Higher Foolishness, inspired the philosopher Martin Gardner to write his treatise on scientific skepticism, Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science.[38] However, Gardner noted that "the book is infuriating because although Jordan mentions the titles of dozens of crank works, from which he quotes extensively, he seldom tells you the names of the authors."[38]


His son, Eric Knight Jordan (1903–1926), died at the age of 22 in a traffic accident near Gilroy, California.[40][41] Eric had participated in a paleontological expedition to the Revillagigedo Islands and was considering an academic career.[42]


On September 19, 1931, Jordan died at his home on the Stanford campus after suffering a series of strokes over two years.[43]

Monuments and memorialsEdit

The former Jordan Hall at Stanford University in May 2020 (now known as Building 420)

Geographical landmarksEdit

In July 2020, the president of the Sierra Club denounced Jordan and its other early leaders for being "vocal advocates for white supremacy and its pseudo-scientific arm, eugenics." The president also announced that "We will also spend the next year studying our history and determining which of our monuments need to be renamed or pulled down entirely." It is not clear at this point on how their reassessment would affect the status of Mount Jordan, which the club had help named in 1926, and other geographic features that bear Jordan's name.[47]

Namesake TreeEdit

The David Starr Jordan "Namesake Tree" at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Campus Arboretum, an Indian rubber tree (Ficus elastica) was given to Jordan at the outset of a trip to Japan, and planted by him on December 11, 1922,[48] now listed as an Exceptional Tree of Hawai‘i.[49]

Cornell's David Starr Jordan Prize (1986–present)Edit

Starting in 1986, the David Starr Jordan Prize was funded as a joint endowment by Cornell, Indiana University, and Stanford. It was awarded to a young scientist (under 40 years of age) that was making contributions in one of Jordan’s interests: evolution, ecology, population and organismal biology.[50] The prize was most recently awarded in 2015 to a biology professor at the University of Texas at Austin.[51]

After the removal of Jordan's name from buildings on the campuses of Stanford and Indiana universities in the fall of 2020, there has been calls of renaming this prize. While investigating the removal of Jordan's name from the Indiana University's campus in September 2020, "the Committee [for the removal of Jordan's name] recommends that the University no longer use the Jordan name on structures and places on the Bloomington campus nor on scholarships, fellowships, or other awards" (see page 4 of their report).[52]

Fishery research vessel (1966–2010)Edit

In 1966, the fisheries research ship David Starr Jordan was commissioned for service with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service's Bureau of Commercial Fisheries. The ship later served in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration fleet as NOAAS David Starr Jordan (R 444)[53] before it was sold for scrap in 2010.[54]

Middle schools renamed in 2018 and 2019Edit

Two California middle schools that formerly had honored Jordan were renamed in the late 2010s.

From 1937 until 2018, Jordan had a middle school in Palo Alto named after him. After Jordan's involvement with the eugenics movement came to the notice of parents and the school board of the Palo Alto Unified School District, the board unanimously decided in 2018 to rename the school in honor of local technologist Frank Greene, Jr.[55][56][57]

In April 2019, the Governing Board of the Burbank Unified School District in Burbank voted unanimously to rename its middle school that also honors Jordan.[58] As of October 2020, the middle school is keeping Jordan's name while the search for a replacement name continues.

Universities renamed campus buildings in 2020Edit

For the past several decades, both Indiana and Stanford universities have considered removing Jordan's names from their respective campuses.

Stanford honored its former president by renaming its Zoology Building, built in 1899, Jordan Hall in 1917.[59]

When Indiana University built a new building for its biology department in 1956, the building was named in honor of its former president and biologist faculty member.[60][61][62]

In October 2020, the Indiana University Board of Trustees voted overwhelmingly in favor of removing Jordan's name from a science building, parking garage and a "river" (which is actually a small creek) that runs through the center of campus. Jordan's name was stripped from these places immediately after the trustee meeting had concluded and were replaced with temporary names that would be utilized until permanent names are selected sometime during the following year. Jordan Hall, the Jordan River and the Jordan Avenue Parking Garage are now, respectively, the Biology Building, the Campus River, and the East Parking Garage.[63][64][52] IU President Michael McRobbie have requested that the University Naming Committee to work with the city of Bloomington to find a single name as a replacement for Jordan Avenue, a thoroughfare that is owned in part by IU and in part by the city.[65] As of October 2020, there have been calls in the Bloomington City Council that Jordan Avenue should be renamed, but no action has been taken in that direction so far.[66]

As recently as January 2019, the Indiana University South Bend campus has (or had) a scholarship named in honor of Jordan that enables its students to study outside of the United States for a short period of time.[67]

In October 2020, the Stanford Board of Trustees voted unanimously on the recommendations of the advisory committee in the removal of Jordan's name from Jordan Hall, Jordan Quad, Jordan Modulars, and Jordan Way. After the meeting, the former Jordan Hall would be referred to as Building 420 until a permanent name is selected sometime the following year. Stanford president Marc Tessier-Lavigne was charged in the renaming of Jordan Quad and Jordan Modulars while the advisory committee recommended that the renaming of Jordan Way, a street on the medicine campus, "may take place during the course of ongoing construction and planning."[68][69][70]

Renaming of high schoolsEdit

In August 2020, the Long Beach Unified School District established a committee that would examine the need for renaming of their Jordan High School.[71][72] The school was first opened in 1934.[73]

The Los Angeles Unified School District renamed David Starr Jordan High School in October 2020 after working with the community. The name was shortened to Jordan High School to remove the reference to him but keep Jordan as a legacy for famous alumni. The school was opened in 1923, just eight years before Jordan's death in 1931.[74][75]


Jordan's papers are housed at Stanford University[76] and at Swarthmore College[10]



Selected articlesEdit



Numerous genera and species bear the name Jordan.

Genera: Jordania Starks, 1895, Davidijordania Popov, 1931, and Jordanella Goode & Bean, 1879



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  75. ^ Tat, Linh (October 9, 2020). "LAUSD removes eugenicist from name of L.A.'s Jordan High: Renaming of campus buildings a growing trend amid racial justice movement". Los Angeles Daily News.
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Further readingEdit

  • Burns, Edward McNall (1953). David Starr Jordan: Prophet of Freedom. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.
  • Dickason, David H (1941). "David Starr Jordan as a Literary Man". Indiana Magazine of History. 37 (4): 345–358.
  • Dickason, David H (1942). "A Note on Jack London and David Starr Jordan". Indiana Magazine of History. 38 (4): 407–410. JSTOR 27787335.
  • Evermann, Barton Warren (1930). "David Starr Jordan, the Man," Copeia, No. 4, pp. 93–106.
  • Hays, Alice N. (1953). David Starr Jordan: A Bibliography of His Writings 1871-1931. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.
  • Hubbs, Carl L (1964). "David Starr Jordan". Systematic Zoology. 13 (4): 195–200. doi:10.2307/2411779. JSTOR 2411779.
  • Ramsey, Paul J (2004). "Building A 'Real' University in the Woodlands of Indiana: The Jordan Administration, 1885-1891". American Educational History Journal. 31 (1): 20–28.

External linksEdit

Academic offices
Preceded by
Lemuel Moss
President of Indiana University
Succeeded by
John Merle Coulter
New office President of Stanford University
Succeeded by
John C. Branner
New office Chancellor of Stanford University
Title next held by
Ray Lyman Wilbur