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John Care was born in Linglestown, Pennsylvania on June 22, 1915. He attended high school in Lower Paxton and entered Dickinson College with the class of 1936. His ambition was to become a teacher; he had practiced teaching at Boiling Springs...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1936

Thomas Care was born at St. Mary's in Chester County, Pennsylvania on July 10, 1832. He was prepared at the Williamsport Seminary and entered Dickinson College in Carlisle with the class of 1858. He was elected to the Union Philosophical...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1858

Richard Bennett Carmichael was born the only son of William and Sarah Downes Carmichael to an old and wealthy Maryland family in Centreville, Queen Anne County on December 25, 1807. His father had shared rooms in Annapolis with future chief...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1827

Andrew Carnegie was born November 25, 1835 in Dunfermline, Scotland. In 1848, his family moved to Allegheny City, Pennsylvania to live with relatives in a small Scottish community. Andrew began working at a bobbin factory but by 1850 had...

College Relationship: Trustee

Andrew Carothers was born in 1778 to John and Mary Carothers of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. He attended the McHose schoolhouse until he was about 14 years old. As a younger son, Andrew would not inherit the family’s large farm; to provide...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Trustee
Year: Class of 1800
James W. Carson, 1983

James W. Carson was born in Ohio in October, 1925 and graduated from Miami of Ohio in 1949. He remained to earn a M.A. in History in 1951, then served as a reference librarian and taught as an instructor in history there. He left to pursue...

College Relationship: Faculty
Clarence J. Carver, c.1935

Clarence Johnson Carver was born in Buckingham, Pennsylvania on May 13, 1884. He attended the Hughesian Free School and later Colorado College for one semester. He later came to Dickinson College where he graduated in 1909. Continuing his...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Faculty
Year: Class of 1909

Robert Cathcart was born in 1759 to Alexander and Mary Cathcart near Colerain, Londonderry, Northern Ireland. He studied science and theology at the University of Glasgow and graduated in 1780. Cathcart immigrated to the United States, arriving...

College Relationship: Trustee

Birth: December 31, 1836

 Death: June 22, 1864 (age 28); Richmond, Virginia; Hollywood Cemetery

 Military Service: CSA, 1861-64

 Unit: Company K, Second Division

Alma Mater: Dickinson College, B.A. (Class of 1858 non-...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1858

Jeremiah Chamberlain was born on January 5, 1794, the son of a Revolutionary War colonel named James Chamberlain. Young Jeremiah grew up at "Swift Run," the family farm near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. He prepared at a classical school in York...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1814
Dickinson College Charter

By 1783, the trustees of the Carlisle Grammar School had begun to discuss the possibility of expanding the school into a classical academy. Learning of their plans, prominent Philadelphia physician Benjamin Rush endeavored, with the help of...

The Delta Chapter of the Chi Omega sorority was established at Dickinson College in 1907. It was organized from Omega Psi, a local sorority that had been founded eight years earlier. The chapter was active until 1971.

Organization Type: Greek Life

The Omega Chapter of the Chi Phi fraternity was established at Dickinson College in 1869. It was the first Greek organization in College history to enter the campus in the open, without fear of faculty disturbance. The chapter was active until...

Organization Type: Greek Life

Asbury Jones Clarke was born in Highland County, Virginia on September 14, 1841, the son of James M. and Mary K. Clarke. After preparing at the Baltimore City College and the Light Street Institute, he entered Dickinson in 1862. While at the...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Trustee
Year: Class of 1863
Joseph Clemens, 1894

Joseph Clemens was born on December 9, 1862, in the rugged county of Cornwall in England. His family of Cornish iron miners migrated to Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and then to Eichelberger, Pennsylvania. He was the only one of five brothers who...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1894

Charles Cleveland was born on December 3, 1802 in Salem, Massachusetts. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1827. Three years later, he came to Dickinson College as professor of Greek and Latin. On his own initiative he added history and...

College Relationship: Faculty, Honorary Degree

Born in April, 1929 in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, this U.S. Navy Air cadet was killed on December 4, 1951 at Cabaniss Field near Corpus Christi, Texas, when his Bearcat fighter aircraft went into a spin and crashed beside a runway. He was twenty-...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1950

Birth: June 29, 1837; Warren County, Virginia

Death: May 31, 1871 (age 34); Vicksburg, Mississippi

 Military Service: CSA, 1861-65

 Unit: 7th Virginia Cavalry; Secret Service

Alma Mater: Dickinson College, B.A. (Class...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1858

John Cockey was from Glyndon, Maryland and was the 1936 class president of Franklin High School in Reisterstown, Maryland. He entered Dickinson College that autumn. While at the College he was a varsity soccer player and a member of Phi Kappa...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1940

Born November 4, 1748 in Castle Finn, near Strabane in County Donegal, Ireland, Robert Coleman was one of eight children from his father Thomas Coleman's two marriages. Persuaded by a clergyman, he followed his brother's lead and left Ireland for...

College Relationship: Trustee

On September 17, 1965, a team of eight Dickinson students, coached by Professor Sanford J. Smoller and Harold R. Gillespie, traveled to New York to compete in the General Electric College Bowl, "the varsity sport of the mind," then broadcast on...

The College Farm, located in South Middleton Township between Mount Holly Springs and Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania, was given to Dickinson College in nearby Carlisle in 1967. The farm, which was valued at $110,000, was the gift of Ivo V. Otto,...

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

James Wesley Colona, son of Robert W. and Anna Ellen Colona was born on January 13, 1872 in Stockton, Maryland. Before entering Dickinson College in 1896, James attended Wilmington Conference Academy, a Methodist preparatory school in Wilmington...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Trustee, Honorary Degree
Year: Class of 1899
East College, c.1950

The Commons Club was founded March 12, 1924 and was intended to provide non-fraternity men at the College social contacts and privileges such as their Greek classmates enjoyed. Forty-three members were enrolled during the first term and quarters...

Organization Type: Special Interest Groups

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