Indiana University - Arbutus Yearbook (Bloomington, IN)

 - Class of 1920

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A plan of building was proposed " on the plan of Princeton College in New- Jersey " — the historic Nassau Hall. Over twenty months passed after the loca- tion was made before the work of building was actually begun. Two buildings were agreed upon, one for the " reception of students " and one for a professor ' s dwelling; the latter was thirty-one feet long and eighteen feet wide and cost $891. The seminary edifice proper was sixty feet long and thirty-one feet wide, two stories high, faced to the east, ^^^^ss^^ML- with a chapel and several recitation rooms, costing in all ^2400. In this small way was the spirit of the constitutional convention at Corydon, June 1816, embodied, where it was written that, " It shall be the duty of the General Assembly, as soon as circumstances will permit, to pro- vide by law for a general system of education ascending in a regular gradua- tion from township schools to a State University, wherein tuition shall be gratis and equally open to all " . This beginning of the future Univer- sity in large measure was the result of the untiring efforts of David H. Maxwell at the sessions of the General Assembly during December and Jan- uary, 1820, and of him can it be better said, more than any other, that " he was the father of Indiana University " . On (January 20, 1820, the day we celebrate as Foundation Day, the law which Dr. Maxwell sponsored was signed by the Governor and became the law of the land. It was not until the first of May, 1824, that the Seminary was opened, and that Baynard R. Hall, a young man destined to be the first professor, a graduate of Union College and a minister of the Presbyterian church, began his duties as teacher. On this first May day morning, a heterogenous crowd of youthful candidates for seminary learning awaited Professor Hall at the " new college " . Many of the young men carried with them their spelling books and readers and ink- bottles and copy-books, having but forsaken the village schoolmaster for the The Seminary

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