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James H. Graham was born in West Pennsborough Township in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania on September 10, 1807. His father was Isaiah Graham, who served two terms in the state senate and became an associate judge, serving from 1817 to 1835, when...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Faculty, Honorary Degree
Year: Class of 1827
John Perdue Gray (1825-1886)

John Perdue Gray was born at Half Moon, in Centre County, Pennsylvania on August 6, 1825 the son of a Methodist minister. He was schooled at the Bellefonte Academy and entered Dickinson College in 1842. While at the College he was a member of the...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Honorary Degree
Year: Class of 1846

Isaac Grier was born in Franklin County, Pennsylvania in 1763 to Thomas and Martha Grier. For his preparatory education, Grier attended the classical school in Chambersburg and was taught by James Ross. From there, Grier went to Dickinson College...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1788
Robert Cooper Grier, c.1850

Robert Cooper Grier was born on March 5, 1794 in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, the eldest of the eleven children of Presbyterian minister Isaac Grier, a member of the Dickinson class of 1788 and his wife Mary Cooper Grier. Schooled by his...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1812
John C. M. Grimm, c.1960

John C. M. Grimm was born in 1891 in Columbus, Ohio. He attended Ohio State University and received both a B.A. in 1911 and a M.A. in 1912. He received a Ph. D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1916. He was a student at the Sorbonne in...

College Relationship: Faculty
Robert S. Grissinger (1925-1945)

Robert Grissinger was born one of twin boys on October 25, 1925 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania but grew up in York Springs. He attended Dillsburg High School and graduated with honors. He entered Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania as a...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1947
Victor Mahlon Gross (1946-1967)

Victor Gross was born in New Jersey on August 30, 1946 and was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School in Camden, New Jersey. He entered Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania as a member of the class of 1968.

Second Lieutenant Gross...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1968
Thomas Morris Gunn, 1860

Thomas M. Gunn was born in Shelbyville in Shelby County, Kentucky on March 17, 1840. He was the youngest son of William and Francis Adams Gunn. William Gunn, a presiding elder of the Lexington District of the Presbyterian Church, died when his...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1860
Francis Gurney (1738-1815)

Francis Gurney was born in 1738 in Berks County, Pennsylvania. At the age 18 he enlisted in the Provincial Army. Gurney served during the French and Indian War, participating in the Canadian campaign, in action against the French West Indies...

College Relationship: Trustee
Samuel Stehman Haldeman (1812-1880)

Samuel Stehman Haldeman was born in Locust Grove, Pennsylvania on August 12, 1812, the eldest of what were to be the seven children of Henry and Frances Haldeman. He began his schooling at a local school on Conoy Creek. He also spent many hours...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1831
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The Sports Hall of Fame at Dickinson was established in 1969 to recognise those athletes who the College considered to have personified the moral virtue that Dickinson College expected from their students both on the athletic field and in the...

Organization Type: Intercollegiate Athletics
Halloween Riot

On the night of October 31, 1888, students of Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, tore down the old picket fence along the north side of the Dickinson campus, as acting college president Dr. Charles Francis Himes had suggested that...

Edwin Forrest Hann (1876-1970)

Edwin Forrest Hann was born on December 5, 1876 in Fairton, New Jersey, the son of John S. and Edith R. Hann. He prepared for college at the Pennington Seminary in New Jersey and originally entered Wesleyan University. By 1898 he was a member of...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Honorary Degree
Year: Class of 1901
Harman Literary Society, 1923

The Harman Literary Society was founded on October 21, 1896.  The original fifteen members gathered in the parlor of Lloyd Hall to formulate a constitution and decide upon a name. Someone suggested, perhaps facetiously, that they name their...

Organization Type: Literary Societies and Publications

Birth: May 23, 1835; Port Republic, Rockingham County, Virginia

Death: September 19, 1862 (age 27); Loudoun County, Virginia

 Military Service: CSA, 1861-62

 Unit: Comapny I, Virginia 1st Calvary Regiment

Alma Mater:...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1856
Samuel J. Harris (    -1918)

A member of the class of 1919 from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Samuel Harris pursued the Classical course, and was a member of Beta Theta Pi. Thereafter information on Harris becomes sparse. It is known that he was gone from the College by May 1917...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1919
John F. Hart (1916-1945)

John Hart was born in Syracuse, New York, on October 20, 1916. He entered Dickinson in 1934, but did not complete his degree. He was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity.

He enlisted in the peacetime Naval Reserve in early 1941 and...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1937
Major John Hartigan, 1944

In 1943, Colonel John Hartigan came to Dickinson as the commanding officer of the 32nd College Training Detachment (Air Crew), stationed there for training from March 1, 1943 to May 31, 1944.

After service as an aviator in the First World...

Hartman House, 1990

This house, located on West Louther Street, was built in 1890 and served as the home of Dickinson President James Henry Morgan for fifty years.

In 1983, the most recent occupants of the house, John Hartman, class of 1932, and his wife...

Samuel Titus Harvey, Jr. (1923-1945)

Samuel Harvey was born in Long Branch, New Jersey in 1923 and grew up in Red Bank, New Jersey, graduating from high school there with honors. He entered Dickinson with the class of 1946 and became a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity.

Harvey...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1946
Daniel Hartman Hastings (1849-1903)

Daniel Hartman Hastings was born near Lamar Township in Clinton County, Pennsylvania on February 26, 1849, the youngest of nine children of Scottish and Scots Irish immigrant parents. William Hastings and Sarah Hartman ran a struggling farm and...

College Relationship: Honorary Degree, Trustee
Gerald Stanley Hawkins, 1969

Gerald Hawkins was born on April 28, 1928 in eastern England in the Norfolk fishing town of Great Yarmouth. He attended the University of London, gaining a degree in Physics in 1949, before going on to Manchester University's famous Jodrell Bank...

College Relationship: Faculty

Alexander L. Hayes was born in Kent County, Delaware on March 7, 1793, the son of Manlove and Ziporrah Laws Hayes. He entered Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania with the class of 1812 and after graduation studied law with Henry Moore...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Trustee
Year: Class of 1812
John Hays II, 1862

John Hays was born in Carlisle, Pennsylvania on February 2, 1837 the youngest of two sons and a daughter of John and Eleanor Blaine Hays. On both sides of his family, the young John Hays was descended from old and highly respected central...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Honorary Degree
Year: Class of 1857
Raphael Smead Hays, 1894

Raphael Smead Hays was born on June 27, 1876 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, the son of John Hays and Jane Van Ness Smead. A sixth generation Dickinsonian, his father was a Civil War veteran and a prominent lawyer who was president of the Carlisle...

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

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