Lucy Maynard Salmon wrote to friends: “The new associate professor goes on his way like an historical comet….”     Louis Fargo Brown, Apostle of Democracy

Joining the faculty in 1890 with an appointment to teach economics in the history department, Herbert E. Mills was a full professor by 1893 and first chair of the economics department. He “prodded, goaded and inspired his students to become leaders in the crusade for social betterment” for 41 years.    Dorothy A. Plum, George B. Dowell & Constance Dimock Ellis, The Magnificent Enterprise