Speeches and Sermons

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"Authority," by Marvin E. Clark
July 10, 1856

Marvin E. Clark prepared this oration, entitled “Authority" for the commencement ceremonies held July 10, 1856. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript included.

Location: Orations-1856-C594a

Subject: Education, Social Reform and Advocacy

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

"The Student’s Dream," by Edwin L. Griffith
July 9, 1857

Edwin L. Griffith prepared this oration, entitled “The Student's Dream," for the commencement ceremonies held July 9, 1857. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript included.

Location: Orations-1857-G853s

Subject: Education

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

"The Triumph of American Genius," by J. Howard Beckwith
July 8, 1858

J. Howard Beckwith prepared this oration, entitled “The Triumph of American Genius," for the Junior Prize (Grigg Prize) contest held on July 3, 1858. Twelve members of the Junior class gave speeches on a variety of subjects. Transcript included.

Location: Orations-1858-B397t

Subject: Education, Politics and Government

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

"Posthumous Glory," by Clarence G. Jackson
July 9, 1859

Clarence G. Jackson prepared this oration, entitled “Posthumous Glory," for the Junior Prize (Grigg Prize) contest held on July 9, 1859. Transcript included. 

Location: Orations-1859-J12p

Subject: Religion and Spirituality

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

"The Central Idea of History," by William L. Cannon
July 9, 1859

William L. Cannon prepared this oration, entitled “The Central Idea of History," for the Junior Prize (Grigg Prize) contest held on July 9, 1862. Transcript included.

Location: Orations-1859-C226c

Subject: Education

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

"The Power of Thought," by George Baylor
July 9, 1859

George Baylor prepared this oration, entitled “The Power of Thought," for the Junior Prize (Grigg Prize) contest held on July 9, 1859. Transcript included.

Location: Orations-1859-B358p

Subject: Education

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

"Manifest Destiny," by Zebulon Dyer
July 14, 1859

Zebulon Dyer prepared this oration, entitled “Manifest Destiny," for the commencement ceremonies held July 14, 1859. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript included.

Location: Orations-1859-D996m

Subject: Education, Politics and Government

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

"Intellectual Achievement," by John H. Grabill
July 12, 1860

John H. Grabill prepared this oration, entitled “Intellectual Achievement," for the commencement ceremonies held July 12, 1860. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript included.

Location: Orations-1860-G728i

Subject: Education

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1860-1879

"The Duty and Dignity of Man," by George B. Creamer
July 12, 1860

George B. Creamer prepared this oration, entitled “The Duty and Dignity of Man," for the commencement ceremonies held July 12, 1860. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript included.

Location: Orations-1860-C912dX

Subject: Education, Religion and Spirituality

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1860-1879

"Our Nation's Glory," by Henry C. Speake
June 21, 1862

Henry Clay Speake prepared this oration, entitled “Our Nation's Glory," for the Junior Prize (Grigg Prize) contest held June 21, 1862. A committee selected the top two orations, based on "the combined merits of Declamation and Composition," and awarded those two students with gold and silver...

Location: Orations-1862-S741o

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1860-1879

"Capital Punishment," by Singleton Mercer Ashenfelter
June 27, 1864

Singleton Mercer Ashenfelter prepared this oration, entitled "Capital Punishment," for the Junior Prize (Grigg Prize) contest held on June 27, 1864. Eleven members of the Junior class gave speeches on a variety of subjects. 

Location: Orations-1864-A824c

Subject: Politics and Government, Social Reform and Advocacy

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1860-1879

"Our Rebellion - An Epoch in History," by Vincent Bierbower
June 26, 1865

Vincent Bierbower prepared this oration, entitled “Our Rebellion - An Epoch in History," for the Junior Prize (Pierson Prize) contest held June 26, 1865. A committee selected the top two orations, based on "the combined merits of Declamation and Composition," and awarded those two students with...

Location: Orations-1865-B588o

Subject: Politics and Government, Religion and Spirituality

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1860-1879

"Effect of Climate on Character," by David B. Herman
June 29, 1865

David B. Herman prepared this oration, entitled “Effect of Climate on Character," for the commencement ceremonies held June 29, 1865. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript included.

Location: Orations-1865-H551eX

Subject: International Affairs, Weather and Climate

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1860-1879

"Dickinson College and Its Alumni," by Anonymous
1866

A speech about the history of Dickinson College written by an anonymous author for a reunion of Dickinson alumni in 1866. Transcript included.

Location: I-Original-1866-2

Subject: Dickinson College Alumni Affairs, Dickinson College History, Education

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1860-1879

"The Wrongs of Ireland," by Newton E. Kupp
June 25, 1866

Newton Edward Kupp prepared this oration, entitled “The Wrongs of Ireland," for the Junior Prize (Pierson Prize) contest held June 25, 1866. A committee selected the top two orations, based on "the combined merits of Declamation and Composition," and awarded those two students with gold and...

Location: Orations-1866-K96w

Subject: International Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1860-1879

"The Principle of Assimilation," by Wilberforce Wells
June 28, 1866

 Wilberforce Wells prepared this oration, entitled “The Principle of Assimilation," for the commencement ceremonies held June 28, 1866. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript included.

Location: Orations-1866-W456pX

Subject: Education, Politics and Government

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1860-1879

"The Tendency of Governments toward Democracy," by Vincent Bierbower
June 28, 1866

Vincent Bierbower prepared this oration, entitled “The Tendency of Government towards Democracy," for the commencement ceremonies held June 28, 1866. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript included.

Location: Orations-1866-B588tX

Subject: International Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1860-1879

"Fashion," by Henry P. Cannon
June 21, 1869

Henry P. Cannon prepared this oration, entitled “Fashion," for the Junior Prize contest held in Rheem's Hall on July 9, 1859. Transcript included.

Location: Orations-1870-C226fX

Subject: Literary Pursuits

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1860-1879

"College Life Its Lights and Shadows," by William C. Wilson
June 26, 1873

William C. Wilson prepared this oration, entitled “College Life Its Lights and Shadows," for the commencement ceremonies held June 26, 1873. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript included.

Location: Orations-1873-W754c

Subject: Dickinson College Student Life, Education

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1860-1879

"The Elevation of the Masses," by John W. Henderson
June 29, 1876

John Webster Henderson prepared this oration, entitled “The Elevation of the Masses ," for the commencement ceremonies held June 29, 1876. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript included.

Location: Orations-1876-H496eX

Subject: Education, Social Reform and Advocacy

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1860-1879

"The Statesman and the Politician," by F. Harry Hoffer
June 29, 1876

F. Harry Hoffer prepared this oration, entitled “The Statesman and the Politician," for the commencement ceremonies held June 29, 1876. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript included.

Location: Orations-1876-H698sX

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1860-1879

"Dante," by Raphael Benham
May 24, 1878

Raphael Benham prepared this oration, entitled "Dante," for the Union Philosophical Society's Sophomore Contest held May 24, 1878. Transcript included.

Location: Orations-1878-B466dX

Subject: Literary Pursuits

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1860-1879

"John Dickinson," by Frank G. Graham
June 28, 1883

Frank G. Graham prepared this oration, entitled “John Dickinson," for the commencement ceremonies held June 28, 1883. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript included.

Location: Orations-1883-G738jX

Subject: Dickinson College History, Education, Politics and Government

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1880-1899

"The Choice," by Franklin F. Bond
June 28, 1883

Franklin F. Bond prepared this oration, entitled “The Choice," for the commencement ceremonies held June 28, 1883. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript included.

Location: Orations-1883-B711cX

Subject: Education, Science and Technology

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1880-1899

"Jacob Tome Scientific Building," by Charles F. Himes
June 24, 1885

Natural Science Professor Charles F. Himes (Class of 1855) delievers this address at the opening of the Jacob Tome Scientific Building at Dickinson College on June 24, 1885.

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