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Rolland Leroy Adams, 1956

Rolland Adams was born on December 27, 1904 in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania to Lemuel B. and Carrie Adams. He attended Dickinson College as a member of the class of 1927, during which time he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Adams then completed an extension course in finance from the...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Honorary Degree, Trustee
Year: Class of 1927
Samuel Agnew

Samuel Agnew was born August 10, 1777 in Millerstown, near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, the son of James and Mary Ramsey Agnew. He studied first under the Rev. Matthew Dobbin near his home and then entered Dickinson College in Carlisle. He graduated with the class of 1798 and began studies in...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Trustee
Year: Class of 1798
Charles Albright

Birth: December 13, 1830; Berks County, Pennsylvania

Death: September 28, 1880 (age 49); Mauch Chunk, Pennsylvania

Military Service: USA, 1862-65

Unit:  132nd Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, 34th Pennsylvania Militia, 202nd Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Trustee
Year: Class of 1852

Merle Allen was born on May 28, 1888 in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania to Josiah Thomas and Ellen Houser Allen. He studied business in the Philadelphia School of Commerce. In 1907 Allen began work with a newspaper, but he soon switched to the mercantile business. From 1913 to 1920 Allen worked as a...

College Relationship: Trustee
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 took a job teaching Latin and Greek in the Oneida...

College Relationship: Faculty, President, Trustee
C. Scott Althouse (1880-1970)

Born on September 23, 1880, C. Scott Althouse was the only child of Nathan S. and Miranda Althouse. In 1900, he graduated from the Philadelphia Textile Institute. Returning home to Reading, Pennsylvania, Althouse joined his father in the business of dyeing textiles. He soon made his presence...

College Relationship: Honorary Degree, Trustee
Paul Peyton Appenzellar, 1895

Born on October 24, 1875 in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania to David K. and Elizabeth (Fohl) Appenzellar, Paul Peyton Appenzellar went to preparatory school in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania as well as Dickinson preparatory school in Carlisle. He entered the College in 1891 and in 1895 received his A.B. in...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Trustee
Year: Class of 1895
Lemuel Towers Appold, 1881

Lemuel Towers Appold was born in Baltimore, Maryland on January 27, 1862 to leather merchant Samuel Appold and his wife Susan. Following schooling at the Stewart Hall in Baltimore, he matriculated at Dickinson College and graduated with the class of 1882. During his time at the College, he was a...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Trustee
Year: Class of 1882

James Armstrong was the eldest son of General John Armstrong and was born in Carlisle on August 29, 1748. He studied at the Philadelphia Academy before attending the College of New Jersey, now Princeton. For four or five years, James Armstrong studied medicine under Dr. John Morgan in...

College Relationship: Trustee

Born in Ireland on October 13, 1717 and known as "the first citizen of Carlisle," John Armstrong is probably best known for his victories during the French and Indian Wars. French-inspired attacks by native tribes began to erupt all along Pennsylvania's western frontier in 1754, and Armstrong...

College Relationship: Trustee
Daniel Moore Bates

Daniel Moore Bates was born in Laurel, Delaware on January 28, 1821 as Daniel Elzey Moore, the son of Methodist minister Jacob Moore. He had lost his mother very early in life and as a young boy traveled with his father on his circuit. When his father died in 1829 he was still only eight and he...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Honorary Degree, Trustee
Year: Class of 1839
Martin Waltham Bates

Martin W. Bates was born in Salisbury, Connecticut on February 24, 1786. Not of a family of means, he attended common schools there and in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. When his family could not afford to send him to college, he continued to educate himself. He taught school for some years,...

College Relationship: Trustee
Thomas Beaver, c.1885

Thomas Beaver was born to the Reverend Peter and Elizabeth Gilbert Beaver on November 16, 1814, in Pfout’s Valley (now Perry County), Pennsylvania. His father, a Methodist minister, and his mother were both of German ancestry. Despite leaving school at age thirteen for what was to be a long and...

College Relationship: Trustee
Edward William Biddle, c.1900

Edward William Biddle was born May 3, 1852 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania to parents Edward M. Biddle and Julia A. Watts. He completed his preparatory studies at Dickinson Grammar School and entered Dickinson College in 1866 with the class of 1870. During his undergraduate career, he was a member of...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Trustee
Year: Class of 1870
William Bingham

William Bingham was born on April 8, 1752 to William and Mary Stamper Bingham in Philadelphia. At the age of sixteen he graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania, class of 1768.

In 1770, Bingham served as British Consul at St. Pierre, Martinique. His service to the British...

College Relationship: Trustee

A member of the Dickinson College Board of Trustees from 1833 until 1835, Thomas Emerson Bond, Sr. was born in Baltimore, Maryland in February 1782. He studied medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and later earned his M.D. from the University of Maryland. Declining to teach at that...

College Relationship: Trustee
Roscoe Osmond Bonisteel, 1959

Roscoe Bonisteel was born in Canada on December 23, 1888 to Milton Fremont and Francis Whyte Bonisteel in Sidney Crossing, Ontario. He entered Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania in 1908 as a member of the class of 1912. Before graduating, Bonisteel transferred to the University of...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Honorary Degree, Trustee
Year: Class of 1912
Abram Bosler

Abram Bosler was born in Carlisle, Pennsylvania on September 5, 1884, the son of George Morris Bosler. In 1901, he graduated from the Dickinson Preparatory School, and attended the local Dickinson College as a member of the class of 1905. During his time at the college, Bosler was a member of...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Trustee
Year: Class of 1905
John Herman Bosler

J. Herman Bosler was born in Silver Spring, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania on December 14, 1830. He was one of eight children of Abraham and Eliza Herman Bosler, an already distinguished county family active in farming, milling, and distilling. He attended the Cumberland Academy in New Kingston...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Trustee
Year: Class of 1854
Shadrach Laycock Bowman

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. Bowman graduated with the class of 1855, and...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Faculty, Trustee
Year: Class of 1855
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 local pastor, and by 1768 he was able to enter...

College Relationship: Trustee
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 attended the Wilmington Conference Academy before...

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

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 managed to secure a job as a messenger for the telegraph...

College Relationship: Trustee
Andrew Carothers

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 for his future, the family apprenticed him to a...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Trustee
Year: Class of 1800
Robert Cathcart

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 in Philadelphia in 1790. For the next three years,...

College Relationship: Trustee


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