Edwin DeVore Ressler was born in Westerville, Ohio on November
2, 1869. Ressler began his education in his hometown, attending Otterbein
University and working as a teacher. Ressler received a Bachelor of Arts
from Otterbein in 1897, and later completed the requirements for a Master's degree
at the Ohio State University.
Ressler was superintendent of several schools in Ohio before taking the
job of Superintendent of Schools in Eugene, Oregon. While in Eugene, Ressler
organized the first high school in the Eugene public schools, and taught
at the University of Oregon for a year. In 1901, Ressler accepted a teaching
position at the Oregon State Normal School (OSNS) in Monmouth. A year
later, OSNS President Prince Lucien Campbell
resigned to accept the leadership of the University of Oregon in Eugene.
Ressler was appointed president of OSNS by the school’s board of
trustees in 1902. He remained in this position until 1909, when he became
Dean of the Oregon Agriculture College at Oregon State University in Corvallis.
During Ressler’s time at the Oregon Agriculture College, he also
served as Executive Secretary of the Oregon State Teachers Association
in 1916. Edwin DeVore Ressler worked at the Oregon Agriculture College
until his death on October 18, 1926.