Happy 219th Birthday, Bowdoin

The signature of Massachusetts Governor Samuel Adams on the charter of Bowdoin College.

The signature of Massachusetts Governor Samuel Adams on the charter of Bowdoin College.

On June 24, 1794, the charter for a new college in Maine was adopted by an Act of the General Court of Massachusetts — the District of Maine being a part of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in those days.

The charter was signed by a gunpowder-producing merchant and founder of Phillips Academy (President of the Senate Samuel Phillips Jr.), by the great-great-grandfather of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Speaker of the House Edward Hutchinson Robbins), and by a brewer-turned-rabble-rousing patriot and Founding Father of America (Governor Samuel Adams).

The timeline of Bowdoin College is a fascinating journey through the history of America and American higher education.

Comments

  1. Dave Fernald says:

    Same birthday as mine. No wonder I feel all giddy.

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