Klein (1952) History of Franklin and Marshall College – Lancaster Pennsylvania


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Klein, H. M. J. History of Franklin and Marshall College: 1787-1948. (Lancaster, PA, 1952)

Octavo. 357 pages, 26 illus. Hardbound in blue cloth-covered boards stamped in gilt.

Condition: VG. Minor bumping to corners and top of spine. Slight darkening of textblock,

“Franklin College was chartered on June 6, 1787, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania on the site of a former brewery. It was named for Benjamin Franklin, who donated £200 to the new institution. Founded by four prominent ministers from the German Reformed Church and the Lutheran Church, in conjunction with numerous Philadelphians, the school was established as a German college whose goal was “to preserve our present republican system of government,” and “to promote those improvements in the arts and sciences which alone render nations respectable, great and happy.” Its first trustees included five signers of the Declaration of Independence, two members of the Constitutional Convention and seven officers of the Revolutionary War….

“…Marshall College opened in 1836 in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania. The school was named for the fourth Chief Justice of the United StatesJohn Marshall, who had died the previous year. It was founded with the belief that harmony between knowledge and will was necessary to create a well-rounded person….

“On December 6, 1849, Franklin College and Marshall College began to explore the possibility of a merger as a method to secure the future of both institutions. Three years later, on June 7, 1853, the combined college was formally dedicated at Lancaster’s Fulton Hall. The merger created an all-male Reformed Church institution that combined the resources of both schools. James Buchanan, four years shy of becoming the 15th President of the United States, was named president of the first Franklin & Marshall board of trustees.” – Wikipedia