Few people have cast a legacy as large on Rose-Hulman Institute of
Technology as the two entities of our namesake: Chauncey Rose and
the Hulman family.
With an entrepreneurial spirit, Chauncey Rose left
Connecticut in hopes of finding success in the Indian Territories.
He eventually settled in Terre Haute, Indiana, in 1824 and earned a
a good and honest man of business, one trusted by others for
fairness, and the soundness of his ideas on development.
If Rose committed to an enterprise, people would know that
it had been well thought out. Associates often described him in
terms of "rigid honesty" and "scrupulous integrity." He brought the
railroad industry through Terre Haute,
seeking a unique business model that featured reinvestment in
technology to create the most efficient and safest railway system
in the country.
The idea for an engineering college was born during one of
Rose's many train trips between Terre Haute and Indianapolis. He
was having trouble getting men with technical training to come so