Encyclopedia of Genealogy and Biography of the State of Pennsylvania with a Compendium of History; A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of a Commonwealth and the Founding of a Nation Volume 1

Encyclopedia of Genealogy and Biography of the State of Pennsylvania with a Compendium of History; A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of a Commonwealth and the Founding of a Nation Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ...freshman year. Dickinson College, at Carlisle, chartered in 1783. had for its principal sponsors Benjamin Rush and John Dickinson, and the institution was named for the last named, who was then the chief magistrate of the state, and who became the first President of the College, continuing in that position until his death., in 1808. His gifts to the college included a plantation of two hundred acres in York, another of five hundred acres in Cumberland county, five hundred dollars in money, and the nucleus of a library from his own collection of books. April 6, 1784, was elected the first Faculty: Dr. Charles Nisbet, a Scotchman. Principal, and James Ross, Professor of Greek and Latin. When Dr. Nisbet came, in 1785 (the grammar school having previously been opened under the direction of Professor Ross), the Rev. Robert Davidson, pastor of the Presbyterian church of Carlisle, was called to the chair of History and Belles Lettres. and a Mr. Jait was chosen to "teach the students to read and write the English language with elegance and propriety." Instruction was first given in a small brick building near the corner of Bedford street and Liberty avenue. In 1798 the present fine site was purchased from the Penns, and upon it was built a commodious edifice which was destroyed by fire before its completion. Among the subscribers to the rebuilding fund were Thomas Jefrerson, Count de la Luzerne, the French minister, and seventeen members of Congress. The plans were drawn by the United States government architect, and as the result of his labors the present West College was erected, a superb example of colonial architecture. This edifice was the first of a series of eleven fine buildings now constituting the college establishment, the first of...show more

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  • Paperback | 156 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 290g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236644832
  • 9781236644831