Eaton Hall, named for its principal benefactor A. E. Eaton, first served on the Willamette campus as the college of Liberal Arts Building. It was the first major building constructed after Waller Hall in 1867, and marked the beginning of major growth in the college. Abel E. Eaton came to Oregon from New Hampshire in 1862, settling in northeastern Oregon. He farmed and invested in several businesses. He was a prominent Methodist and in 1907 pledged $50,000 toward the construction of this building on the Salem campus. See additional photographs.