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Birth: August 1, 1837; Fairfax Court House, Virginia

Death: January 5, 1905 (age 68); Washington, D. C

Military Service: CSA, 1861-65

Unit: 3rd Virginia Cavalry; Secret Service

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

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1857

Founded "with the object of keeping its members up to the 'times' in college life for mutual help and advancement," the Contemporary Club was a local fraternity established at Dickinson College in 1907. The club was founded around a debating...

Organization Type: Special Interest Groups
Conway Hall, c.1925

Conway Hall was dedicated on June 6, 1905 as a home for the Dickinson Preparatory School, complete with offices, classrooms, and living quarters. Miller I. Kast designed the building, and Andrew Carnegie paid the $63,480 construction costs in...

One of the ten “Quads” which made up Dickinson College’s Fraternity Quadrangle, Conway Hall (Quad 1) was first occupied in September 1964. The hall, which is the second building in the institution’s history to bear the Conway name, was named for...

Moncure Daniel Conway was born the second son of an old and distinguished family on March 17, 1832 in Stafford County, Virginia. His father, Walker Peyton Conway, was a prominent slaveholding landowner, a magistrate, and a representative to the...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Honorary Degree
Year: Class of 1849

The Cook International House, located at 239 West Louther Street, housed the Office of Off-Campus Studies (Office of Global Education) and the Internship Office until 2001, when these offices moved into the new Global Education Center in the...

One of six residence halls that make up Dickinson College’s “Upper Quad,” in the Fraternity Quadrangle, Cooper Hall (Quad 3) began housing students in September 1964. It is named after Thomas Cooper, friend of Joseph Priestley and professor of...

Thomas Cooper was born on October 22, 1759 in London. He attended University College, Oxford and though he failed to obtain a degree he was learned in science, medicine, and law. After work at the Inner Temple, he became a barrister in 1787. In...

College Relationship: Faculty
Portrait of Fred Pierce Corson

Fred Pierce Corson was born to Mary Payne and Jeremiah Corson, a glass manufacturer, on April 11, 1896 in Millville, New Jersey. He graduated from Millville High School in 1913 and enrolled in Dickinson College. While at Dickinson he was a member...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Honorary Degree, President
Year: Class of 1917

George Cottrell was born in Wilmington, Delaware in August, 1923 but grew up at the home of his grandmother in Ambler, Pennsylvania. Here he graduated from high school in 1942. He entered Dickinson on the accelerated degree plan with the class of...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1946
Forrest Eugene Craver, c.1945

Forrest Craver was born September 24, 1875 one of the four children of Frank and Mary Craver, in Scanlin, Pennsylvania He attended Berwick High School, Wyoming Seminary and Dickinson Preparatory School before entering Dickinson College in...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Faculty, Honorary Degree
Year: Class of 1899

William Creighton was born in western Virginia on October 29, 1778. He entered Dickinson College with the class of 1795 and studied under Charles Nisbet. (The College Archives holds two notebooks in his hand from Nisbet's lectures in moral...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1795

John A. J. Creswell was born on November 18, 1828 at Port Deposit, Maryland, then called Creswell's Ferry. He attended a local academy and then went on to enroll at Dickinson with the class of 1848. He was an excellent student, was elected to the...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Honorary Degree, Trustee
Year: Class of 1848

Andrew M. Criswell was born near Scotland, Pennsylvania on November 29, 1824 to Robert and Sarah McElwain Criswell. He had some early schooling at the nearby Chambersburg Academy and then entered Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania in...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1847

George Crooks was born on February 3, 1822, the son of George Richard Crooks, Sr. of Philadelphia. He was a member of the class of 1840, and graduated with the highest honors. Crooks served as an itinerant preacher first on the Canton circuit of...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Faculty, Honorary Degree
Year: Class of 1840

David Crosby was born in Phillipsburg, New Jersey on January 18, 1918. He prepared for college at the Mercersburg Academy and entered Dickinson with the class of 1940. Two years into his time at the College, during which he had become a member of...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1940

James Culbertson was born in Carlisle, Pennsylvania on March 17, 1803, the son of prosperous Presbyterian farmer Samuel Culbertson and his wife. His parents died when he was young, and the neighboring farming family of Thomas Urie took him in....

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1824

Birth: November 3, 1834; Carlisle, Pennsylvania

Death: January 20, 1899 (age 64);  Emporia, Kansas

 Military Service: USA, 1861-65

 Unit:  Company A, 129th Illinois Infantry

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

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1857

George David Cummins was born near Smyrna in Kent County, Delaware on December 11, 1822, the son of George and Maria Durburow Cummins. When the younger George was just 4 years old, his father died, leaving him to be raised by his mother and...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1841

Born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania on April 28, 1867, Mary Curran prepared at Bloomsburg Normal School where her father, Hugh Asbury Curran, taught. In 1886 she entered Dickinson College as a junior, receiving the coveted Pierson Gold Medal for...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1888
Andrew G. Curtin, c.1860

Andrew Gregg Curtin was born April 22, 1817 in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. He was the son of a Scots Irish immigrant who had begun an iron manufacturing concern in Center County and his second wife, Jean Gregg, daughter of a prominent Pennsylvania...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1837

Organized as a society for independent women, D A L was a local sorority established at Dickinson College in 1924. The group was only active for one year, but was followed by two other groups, Wilohea and Delta Sigma, which had approximately the...

Organization Type: Special Interest Groups

John Dale was born in Philadelphia in 1919 and graduated from high school in Montclair, New Jersey where his father was president of a coal company. He entered the College in September 1936 with the class of 1940 but transferred to Amherst...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1940
Dana Hall construction, 1966

Built specifically for the College’s Biology Department, Dana Hall was dedicated on October 8, 1966. The building, situated on the northeast corner of College and Louther Streets, was designed by Elmer H. Adams and built at a cost of $1.3 million...

William Daniel was born on remote Deal's Island in Somerset County, Maryland on January 24, 1826. He was educated locally and then matriculated at Dickinson with the class of 1848. While at the College he was a member of the Union Philosophical...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Trustee
Year: Class of 1848

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