We mentioned above that the masthead of the Monthly carried the message, “From $$1913$$ to $$1916$$ it was owned and published by representatives of fourteen Universities and Colleges in the Middle West.” This note suggests the tenuous nature of funding at this time. Its managing editor, Herbert Slaught, realized that colleges offered uncertain support, so he proposed that the AMS 2  sponsor the Monthly. The AMS 3  formed a Committee to consider this issue, but it voted $$3$$ to $$2$$ against such an undertaking. The Council of the AMS 4  accepted the Committee’s report, resolving:
Herbert Slaught immediately launched a movement to follow up on the Council’s suggestion to form an association. He arranged an organizational meeting at the joint gathering of the AMS 5  and the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) held December 30-31, 1915, at the Ohio State University. Earle Hedrick presided over the 104 people in attendance. All organizational matters were settled within three hours on the very first day of the meeting except for the official name of the organization, which was adopted the next day. Consequently the Mathematical Association of America was born on New Year’s Eve, $$1915\text{.}$$
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