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George J. Allan, c.1975

Born in 1935, George Allan was educated at Grinnell College, where he received his bachelor's degree in 1957. He went on to earn his master's degree in systematic theology at the Union Theological Seminary and was then awarded a Ph.D. in...

College Relationship: Faculty, Honorary Degree, President
Portrait of William Henry Allen

William Henry Allen was born in Readfield, Maine on March 27, 1808 to Jonathan and Thankful Allen. To prepare for college, Allen attended the Maine Wesleyan Seminary before entering Bowdoin College in 1829. Upon graduation four years later, Allen...

College Relationship: Faculty, President, Trustee
Portrait of Jeremiah Atwater

Jeremiah Atwater was born the second child of Jeremiah and Lois (Hurd) Atwater on December 27, 1773 in New Haven, Connecticut. He prepared for college with Eli Bullard and attended Yale University, graduating with highest honors in 1793. He was...

College Relationship: President
Return of the mermaid at Homecoming, 1975

Samuel Alston Banks was born in Frostproof, Florida on May 16, 1928 to Mary Gatewood and Samuel A. Banks, Sr., a prominent citrus grower and packer. The young Banks attended Lakeland High School and Florida Southern College before going on to...

College Relationship: President
Portrait of Charles Collins

Charles Collins was born on April 17, 1813 in North Yarmouth, Maine to Joseph Warren and Hannah Sturdivant Collins. At the age of fourteen he became a member of the Church of Christ and went on to prepare for college at the Maine Wesleyan...

College Relationship: Honorary Degree, President
Portrait of Fred Pierce Corson

Fred Pierce Corson was born to Mary Payne and Jeremiah Corson, a glass manufacturer, on April 11, 1896 in Millville, New Jersey. He graduated from Millville High School in 1913 and enrolled in Dickinson College. While at Dickinson he was a member...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Honorary Degree, President
Year: Class of 1917
Portrait of Robert Laurenson Dashiell

Robert Laurenson Dashiell was born June 25, 1825 in Salisbury, Maryland. He attended Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, graduating in July of 1846 as Salutatorian. Throughout his collegiate years at Dickinson, Dashiell was an active...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, President
Year: Class of 1846
Portrait of Robert Davidson

Robert Davidson was born in 1750 in Elkton, Maryland. As a young man, he attended the University of Pennsylvania, graduating in 1771. During his time as a student he married a woman named Abigail, and the couple would enjoy more than thirty years...

College Relationship: Faculty, President
Portrait of John Price Durbin

John Price Durbin was born on October 10, 1800 in Bourbon County, Kentucky, the eldest of five sons. Shortly after his father died, he was apprenticed to a cabinet maker at the age of 13; he worked for several years until his religious conversion...

College Relationship: President
Portrait of WIlliam Wilcox Edel

William Wilcox Edel was born on March 16, 1894 in Baltimore, Maryland. His mother was Annie Wilcox, and his father was John Wesley Edel, a prosperous dairy retailer. Edel attended high school at Baltimore City College and then entered Dickinson...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Honorary Degree, President, Trustee
Year: Class of 1915
Portrait of Robert Emory

Robert Emory was born in 1814 to Bishop John Emory and his wife. The elder Emory had served as president of the Dickinson College Board of Trustees from 1833 to 1835, and is the namesake of both Emory University in Georgia and Emory and Henry...

College Relationship: Faculty, President
Portrait of Mervin Grant Filler

Mervin Grant Filler was born in Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania on October 9, 1873 to Peter and Elizabeth Filler. He attended grade school in Boiling Springs before entering the Dickinson Preparatory School. In 1889, he enrolled in Dickinson...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, President
Year: Class of 1893

A. Lee Fritschler was born on May 5, 1937 in Schenectady, New York. He graduated in 1959 from Union College with degrees in economics and political science. Following his graduation, he studied at Syracuse University's Maxwell School of...

College Relationship: President, Honorary Degree
Samuel Dickinson Hillman, c.1865

Samuel Dickinson Hillman was born to Samuel and Susan Dickinson Hillman of Blackwood, New Jersey, on January 18, 1825. Not much is known of his life before he entered the Dickinson College Grammar School in Carlisle, Pennsylvania in 1845. A...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Faculty, Honorary Degree, President
Year: Class of 1850
Charles Francis Himes, c.1880

Charles Francis Himes was born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania on June 2, 1838 to William D. and Magdalen Lanius Himes. He attended the New Oxford Collegiate and Medical Institute in Adams County, Pennsylvania, before entering Dickinson College...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Faculty, Honorary Degree, President
Year: Class of 1855
Portrait of Samuel Blanchard How

Samuel Blanchard How was born on October 14, 1790 in Burlington, New Jersey. He attended the University of Pennsylvania and earned a bachelor's degree in 1810. Following his graduation, How found employment at Dickinson College in Carlisle,...

College Relationship: President
Portrait of Herman Merrills Johnson

Herman Merrills Johnson was born on November 25, 1815 in Butternut Township, New York, near Albany. He attended Casenovia Seminary and then went to Wesleyan University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and graduated with an A.B. degree in...

College Relationship: Faculty, President
Gilbert Malcom, 1947

Gilbert Malcolm was born in New York City on October 13, 1892 to Scottish immigrants, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Duff Malcolm. Growing up in the city where his father was a well-known contractor, he attended the Horace Mann School. Among his young...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Honorary Degree, President, Trustee
Year: Class of 1915
Portrait of John Mitchell Mason

John Mitchell Mason was born on March 19, 1770 in New York City. He attended Columbia University, receiving a bachelor's degree in 1789. In 1792 Mason succeeded his father as pastor of a small ministry in New York. During his tenure with this...

College Relationship: President
Portrait of James Andrew McCauley

James Andrew McCauley was born on October 7, 1822 in Cecil County, Maryland to Daniel and Elizabeth McCauley. He prepared for college at the Baltimore Classical Institute in Maryland before entering Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania as...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Faculty, President, Trustee
Year: Class of 1847

Alexander McClelland was born in Schenectady, New York in 1794; not much else is known about his early life. He studied at Union College, graduating at the age of 15. McClelland then began to study theology under Rev. John Anderson of the...

College Relationship: Faculty, President, Honorary Degree
Portrait of John McKnight

John McKnight was born in Carlisle, Pennsylvania on October 1, 1754. He prepared for college at the Latin Grammar School in Carlisle and went on to study at the College of New Jersey (Princeton). He graduated in 1773 and went on to study theology...

College Relationship: President, Trustee
Portrait of James Henry Morgan

James Henry Morgan was born on a farm near Concord in southern Delaware on January 21, 1857. He prepared at Rugby Academy and entered Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania in September 1874 as one of a freshman class of sixteen students. He...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Faculty, President, Trustee
Year: Class of 1878
Portrait of William Neill

William Neill was born to William and Jane Snodgrass Neill in McKeesport, Pennsylvania in April 1778 or 1779, though the exact date is unknown. When still an infant, his father was killed by a band of Indians, and soon thereafter his mother died...

College Relationship: President
Portrait of Charles Nisbet

Charles Nisbet was born on January 21, 1736 to William and Alison Nisbet; William was a schoolteacher at Long Yester near Haddington, East Lothian County, Scotland. By 1754, Nisbet had completed studies at both the high school of the university...

College Relationship: Faculty, President

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