1889 Michigan Wolverines football
1889 record1–2
Head coachno coach
CaptainEdgar W. McPherran
Home stadiumAnn Arbor Fairgrounds
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The 1889 Michigan Wolverines football team represented the University of Michigan in the 1889 college football season. The Wolverines played their home games at Ann Arbor Fairgrounds.


Date Time Opponent Site Result Attendance
November 9, 1889 Albion Ann Arbor FairgroundsAnn Arbor, MI W 33–4    
November 23, 1889 vs. Cornell Buffalo, NY L 56–0    
November 28, 1889 at Chicago University Club Chicago, IL L 20–0    
Homecoming. All times are in Eastern Time.


Varsity letter winnersEdit


  • Archibald Warren Diack
  • Frank Burton Graves
  • Harry Samuel Haines
  • William W. Harless, Chicago, Illinois - rusher
  • Metcalfe Bradley Hatch
  • Harry Dwight Smith - quarterback
  • Clark J. Sutherland, Oxford, Michigan
  • Horace T. Van Deventer, Knoxville, Tennessee - substitute

Coaching staffEdit

  • Coach: no coach
  • Captain: Edgar W. McPherran
  • Manager: Thomas L. Wilkinson


  1. Benjamin J. Boutwell was born in Baraboo, Wisconsin on September 19, 1861. He was engaged in mining in 1901 at Hillsdale, Michigan. At the time of the 1910 Census, he resided in Alameda County, California, and was identified as a miner in a quartz mine. By 1912, he was practicing law at Livermore, California. At the time of the 1920 Census, he lived in Alamaeda County, California, and was identified as a poultry farmer. As of 1921, he stated in a passport application that he lived in Los Angeles and was employed as a mining engineer. He died at San Bernardino, California, March 24, 1927.
  2. Stephen Clifton Glidden was born February 6, 1870, in La Grange, Tennessee. In 1901, he was a surgeon practicing at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Danville, Illinois. He died at Danville, February 20, 1917.
  3. George Malcolm Hull was born in 1865 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He became a doctor. He died December 30, 1923 at Ypsilanti, Michigan.
  4. Edgar Withrow MacPherran, born January 27, 1868 in Marquette, Michigan; died July 29, 1947 in St. Louis County, MN. After graduating from Michigan, he practiced law in Michigan Upper Peninsula and in Duluth, Minnesota. He married Alice "Mabel" Wilkinson, October 25, 1899.
  5. Horace Burton Strait, Jr., was born in Shakopee, Minnesota in approximately 1870. His father, Horace B. Strait, was a U.S. Congressman from Minnesota. He graduated from Michigan in 1891. He received a B.L. degree from Cornell in 1893. He became a banker and manufacturer in Minneapolis. He died August 3, 1934 in Hennepin County, Minnesota.
  6. David W. Trainer was born January 16, 1866 in New York, New York. As of 1903, he was the general purchasing agent for the International Nickel Company in New York, New York.

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