Secondary Sources and References.


– Chase, Frederick. History of Dartmouth College and the Town of Hanover, New Hampshire, 1840-1890. Edited by John K. Lord. Brattleboro: Vermont Printing Company Co., 1928.

Pg 189 – Mitchell accompanies college president Brown back from the South.

Pg 208 – college admission in the 1820s.

Pg 281-282 – an allusion to “Old Grimes.”

Pg 282-283 – reasons for student expulsions.

Pg 321 – Lord’s pro-slavery views, and the attraction it had with students from the south.

– Hill, Ralph Nading. The College on the Hill: A Dartmouth Chronicle. Hanover: Dartmouth College Publication, 1965.

Pg 211 – Mitchell’s admission.

Pg 217 – military organizations on campus.

– Richardson, Leon Burr. History of Dartmouth College, Vol. I. Hanover: Dartmouth College Publications, 1932.

Pg 377 – Expenses: tuition, room, and board in the 1820s.

Pg 381 – Mitchell’s admission.

Pg 381-382 – The Stark incident, students attacking faculty, burning the President in effigy, etc.

– Richardson, Leon Burr. History of Dartmouth College, Vol. II. Hanover: Dartmouth College Publications, 1932.

Pg 479 – about the rough New England student body.

Pg 480-481 – living conditions in the first part of the 19th century, including the jobs available, etc.

Pg 487 – One student expelled for terrorizing the community (and later became a member of the court); drunk parties and sexual offenses.

Pg 493 – first allusion to football (first part of the 19th century).

Pg 496 – about secret societies.

Pg 499 – underground student publications in the 1840s and 1850s.

Pg 504-505 – the Civil War cavalry service.

– Smith, Baxter Perry. The History of Dartmouth College. Boston: Osgood and Company, 1878.

Pg 165-167 – Dartmouth College publications in the 1840s.

– Worchester, Jonathan Fox ed. Memorial of the Class of 1827. Hanover, NH: Centennial Anniversary of the College, 1869.

Pg 19-22 – the biography of C.D. Cleveland

Pg 59-60 – the biography of Samuel Smith (another member of the Class of 1827 who signed the petition to admit Edward Mitchell).

Pg 60-61 – the Stephan Stark incident and the student revolts.


– To learn more about the religious dispute regarding slavery in the North, see Minkema and Stout The Edwardsean and the Antislavery Debate, 1740-1865

Memorial of the Class of 1827, Dartmouth College, from 1869

Nathan Lord’s pro-slavery pamphlets

History of the Class of 1856

Some Dartmouth graduates that became involved with the slavery and emancipation issues:

Class of 1810:

Amos Kendell – postmaster under Andrew Jackson, a key figure in promoting pro-North policies in the first part of the 19th century.

Class of 1814:

Thaddeus Stevens – Penn. Member of the House and one of the founders of the Republican Party.

Class of 1826:

Salomon Portland Chase – U.S Treasury Secretary under Lincoln and 6th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

Class of 1827:

Charles Dexter Cleveland – one of the students involved in the Mitchell Petition, U.S. Consul to Cardiff (where he protested that British map books do not provide a fair representation of America). His obituary

Class of 1838:

Stephen Symonds Foster – a staunch abolitionist and a promoter of women’s rights. During his time in Dartmouth he help to establish the Abolitionist Society.

Class of 1842:

Amos Tappan Akerman – during the Civil War he fought in the CSA Army. He later became the Attorney General under Ulysses Grant, and was the most important politician in fighting the White Terror instigated by groups such as the Ku Klux Klan in the Post-War South.


One Response to Secondary Sources and References.

  1. One might be interested in studying the career of Edward Hopkins Cushing and William Fellows Swain who both were from the class of 1850.They both were in Texas in the 1850s. Cushing and Swain joined together in Columbia Texas on the Brazos River to publish and edit the Columbia Democrat-Planter after Gail Borden went to Houston to edit the Houston Telegraph. Cushing left Swain with the CD-P when Borden went north to do his milk thing and took over and finally bought the Houston Telegraph. When the war started, Swain joined up, on the Confederate side, and Cushing set up a poney-express type communication service to take letters to the boys and to bring back war information to publish in his paper. The Cushing stamp on the back of a seldom kept envelop is one of the rarest from that era. Cushing also kept general McGruder informed of Union troop movements.

    J.R. Choate

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