William S. Clark became president of Massachusetts Agricultural College and worked hard to establish educational opportunities for farmers whom he felt were being overlooked. His work brought him to the attention of Japanese authorities who persuaded him to aid in establishing Sapporo Agricultural College, now Hokkaido University. He was there a mere eight months from 1876 to 1877 concurrently with his presidency of the college in the USA, but had a major impact on both the college as well as on many other aspects of life in the pioneer territory of Hokkaido. He is probably one of the more significant influences which today make Hokkaido appear more 'american' than any other part of Japan.
The title of this BLOG is guaranteed to be misinterpreted by most readers.
The students of the college were be exhorted in an address to them, to do their utmost in the service of their fellow countrymen and not for selfish purposes.
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