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James Iverson Boswell was born in Philadelphia on November 3, 1837. He attended the central high school in that city and enrolled at Genesee College in New York in 1856. A year later, Boswell enrolled at Dickinson College in Carlisle,...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Honorary Degree
Year: Class of 1858

William James Bowdle was born the son of Amos Bowdle and his wife in Church Creek, Maryland on October 8, 1834. He entered the Dickinson Grammar School in Carlisle, Pennsylvania in September 1849 and then joined the undergraduate class of 1854 a...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1854

Shadrach Bowman was born on May 2, 1829 in Berwick, Pennsylvania. He attended the Dickinson Seminary in Williamsport, Pennsylvania before entering Dickinson College in 1853. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Union Philosophical Society....

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Faculty, Trustee
Year: Class of 1855

Thomas Bowman was born in Briarcreek Township near Berwick, Pennsylvania on July 15, 1817. His father was a successful businessman and the family had been Methodists since Francis Asbury had converted, and later ordained, Bowman's grandfather,...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Honorary Degree
Year: Class of 1837
Hugh Henry Brackenridge (1748-1816)

Hugh Henry Brackenridge was born in a small village in western Scotland near Cambeltown. His family emigrated to Philadelphia around 1753 and settled in York County, Pennsylvania. He made determined efforts to educate himself, with the help of a...

College Relationship: Trustee

Raymond Brewer was born on November 23, 1889 to Irvin and Mary Jane Winger Brewer in Sylvan, Pennsylvania. He attended the Dickinson Preparatory School in Carlisle, Pennsylvania before joining the full undergraduate class of 1916. At Dickinson,...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1916

Joseph E. Broadwater was born in Accomac County, Virginia to David and Mary Ann White Broadwater on April 29, 1837. He prepared for college at academies in Drummondville, Virginia and Bel-Air, Maryland before entering Dickinson College in...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1858

Matthew Brown was born in the White Deer Valley of Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, where his father had removed from Carlisle to become one of the earliest settlers in the area. The father, an elder in the Reformed Presbyterian Church, was...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1794
Philip Auld Harrison Brown, 1860

Philip A. H. Brown was born on January 3, 1842 to John and Sarah Harrison Auld Brown in Baltimore, Maryland. He prepared for his undergraduate years at Lynchburg College in Virginia and then entered Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania in...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1860

Samuel Brown was born January 30th, 1769 to Rev. John and Margaret Preston Brown in modern-day Rockbridge County, Virginia. Educated in his father's grammar school, Samuel also studied at Rev. James Waddell’s seminary before entering Dickinson...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1789
David Bachman Brunner, 1860

David Bachman Brunner was born on March 7, 1835 in Amity Township, Pennsylvania in what is now Washington County but then Berks. His Lutheran father, John Brunner, was a carpenter who purchased an area farm soon after David was born. His mother...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1860
Josephine Brunyate Meredith, c.1940

Josephine Brunyate was born on April 14, 1879, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, the daughter of a prominent clergyman, Edwin Richard Brunyate and his wife Eliza. Home tutored first, she attended the State Model School in Trenton, New Jersey and...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Faculty, Honorary Degree
Year: Class of 1901

The Buchanan Club, a local fraternity, was founded at Dickinson College in February 1927. Bearing the name of President James Buchanan, Class of 1809, it adopted the Beta Psi designation in 1929, but disbanded two years later.

Organization Type: Special Interest Groups

Located in the “Upper Quad,” Buchanan Hall (Quad 2) is one of ten residence halls that originally made up the College’s Fraternity Quadrangle. First occupied in September 1964, the hall is named for James Buchanan, Class of 1809, whose lifelong...

Andrew Buchanan was born on April 8, 1780 to Andrew and Rachel Gilleylen Buchanan in Chester County, Pennsylvania. Despite the death of his father when young Andrew was five and then the death of his step-father in 1790, Buchanan received an...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1798

James Buchanan, fifteenth president of the United States, was born near Mercersburg, Pennsylvania on April 23, 1791 to parents of Scotch-Irish descent. Buchanan attended the Mercersburg Academy until the fall of 1807, when he entered the junior...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Honorary Degree
Year: Class of 1809

John Buonocore III, a twenty-year-old Dickinson College junior, was one of five Americans killed in a terrorist attack on Rome's Leonardo da Vinci Airport on December 27, 1985. Buonocore was standing at the check-in counter of Trans World...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1987

James Burnside was born in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania on February 22, 1809, the eldest son of Judge Thomas Burnside. He prepared at the Bellefonte Academy and entered Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania with the class of 1828, graduating...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1828
Cast of The Ghost Train with Paul Burtner at far right, 1938

Second Lieutenant Burtner died in an automobile accident near Del Rio, Texas, on March 20, 1967, a few days after he had received his wings as an Air Force pilot. A Philosophy and English major and a graduate of the class of 1965, he was the son...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1965

Joseph Butler (1692-1752) wrote his infamous Analogy of Religion, Natural and Revealed, to the Constitution and Course of Nature, in 1736. Butler was born and educated in England as a Presbyterian but became ordained in the Church of...

James Hope Caldwell, 1940

On September 25, 1860 in Newman, Georgia, James Hope Caldwell was born to the educator and minister, Dr. John H. Caldwell, and his wife, Elizabeth Hodnett Caldwell. His father was a founder of Andrew College in Cuthbert, Georgia. Caldwell...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Trustee
Year: Class of 1880

Merritt Caldwell was born on November 29, 1806 to William and Nancy Caldwell of Oxford, Maine. He attended Bowdoin College and Medical School, graduating in 1828. He received his master’s degree from that institution in 1831. From 1828 until...

College Relationship: Faculty
Samuel C. Caldwell, c.1860

Samuel Cushman Caldwell was born on April 10, 1836 in the west end of Old West at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. His father, science professor Merritt Caldwell, and his mother had their home on the first and second floors of the...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Honorary Degree
Year: Class of 1858

John Campbell was born on the fourth of July, 1917, in Hightstown, New Jersey. The son of a carpet weaver who never finished high school, he attended the Peddie School in his home town and entered Dickinson on September 16, 1937 as a member of...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1941
William Laws Cannon, 1860

Birth: April 6, 1839; Bridgeville, Delaware

Death: August 18, 1863 (age 24); Bel Air, Maryland

Military Service: USA, 1861-62

Unit: 1st Delaware Calvary 

Alma Mater: Dickinson College, B.A. (Class of 1860)

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College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1860

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