1880s

1884
Bishop Charles H. Fowler, former president of Northwestern University, presides over the first Puget Sound Annual Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Conference decides to create a university that will be a "praise in all the land."

1887
Port Townsend unwilling to live up to terms of agreement for Methodist college. Committee of four ministers and three bishops created to find a new location.

1888
Puget Sound University incorporated in Tacoma and first board of trustees selected by the church.