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James D. Cunningham

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James D. CunninghamOrphaned by the age of 13, James D. Cunningham was a successful Chicago businessman who achieved success in the classic American rags to riches story. In 1932 he accepted the chairmanship of the Armour Institute of Technology Board of Trustees. Seven years later Cunningham and Alexander D. Bailey, chairman of the Lewis Institute Board of Trustees, announced the merger of the two institutes to form Illinois Institute of Technology. Cunningham then accepted the board chairmanship of the newly created IIT, which he held until 1961.

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