Michael D. Higgins was the longest serving U.S. president before becoming president.
His time in office was also the shortest in U.N. history.
Higgins has never held public office, nor has he ever been the subject of an impeachment trial.
But there is no question he was a divisive figure.
Higgins’ political and business career began in his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio.
The city was an industrial hub at the turn of the 20th century.
The Cincinnati Bengals became the Cincinnati White Sox.
Higgins founded the National Football League’s Cincinnati Bengals, a baseball team that played in the National League in the 1940s.
After he was fired as team owner in 1950, he moved to Cincinnati to run a grocery store.
He had a difficult time keeping the team afloat and ultimately was fired by the owners in 1953.
When he died in 1969, he left a legacy of controversy that has haunted the city and affected the legacy of U.H.S., which is now the U.T. Higgins played a key role in building the U-Haul brand in the United States and in building U.A.F., the national football team of the United Nations.
Higgins also had a close relationship with a former Cincinnati mayor and was the first president to serve as a co-owner of the Uptown Brewery in Cincinnati.
He was also a leader in the fight against the Vietnam War, which ended in 1973.
He took office in 1969 after U.F.O. founder and president of the National Basketball Association’s Los Angeles Lakers, Dick Harter, was elected to the Senate.
Higgins served as the president of Uptempo Brewing, which became one of the first U.U.S.-based craft breweries in the nation.
After his presidency, he took a leave of absence from U.R.H., a Cincinnati-based company that produced wine, beer and spirits.
H, which produces U.B.T., became one the nation’s largest distributors of craft beer in the 1980s.
He also became a major donor to a Cincinnati restaurant that had its own beer program.
He donated millions of dollars to local charities.
In 1992, he was elected president of Purdue University, becoming the longest-serving head of the University of Purdue.
The school was one of only three schools in the country to earn a top-20 ranking.
He resigned from his post as Purdue’s president in 2005.
The university has been in a financial crisis for decades, and in recent years the board has faced criticism for how it has responded to student financial aid requests.
The board also faces a class-action lawsuit brought by former Purdue students who allege they were not given enough information about the cost-of-living adjustment.
UH is the first former president to leave office in more than a century, and it’s the second in UH’s history.
In 1881, the Ullens left office after less than three years in office.
In a series of letters to students, they criticized the board’s handling of the financial crisis and outlined their desire to get more of their money back.
The letters are still in circulation, and they are now part of the Purdue Library.
The Ullans did not return phone calls and emails seeking comment.
Higgins became the nation the longest reigning president when he left office in 2000.
He has not been the first sitting president to die.
In 1792, John Tyler was elected U.P. president.
Tyler died in the early 1900s, and U.M.B., the University at Buffalo, was his successor.
Higgins did not become president until his death in 2018, after he was hospitalized with pneumonia.
He is survived by his wife, Julie; two sons and four grandchildren.