The Founder's Day address was given by President Arthur Twining Hadley of Yale, husband of Helen Morris Hadley '83.   In his address, which focused on “political education,” President Hadley said that, to be effective, study in such disciplines as sociology and political economy must be broad and through enough to affect and develop character.

Inaugurated in 1899 as the first Yale president who was not a minister, Hadley was a eminent scholar of political science and political economy, a former dean of the university's graduate school and former commissioner of the Connecticut bureau of labor statisitics. His Railroad Transportation, its History and Laws (1885) was a standard textbook in the field.