#45 The “College Wars” of 1914 Highlighted What We Love About Norwich

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In 1914, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching completed an extensive study and report on the state of primary, secondary, and higher education in Vermont. Commissioned by the Vermont Education Commission, the recommendation of the “Carnegie Report” shocked the Norwich community. One of the report’s key conclusions was that the state was putting too much funding—a total of …





#44 Alden Partridge’s Model for the Morrill Land-Grant Act

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By Gary Lord The landmark legislation passed by the United States Congress in 1862 supporting a national system of agricul­tural and technical colleges is commonly known as the Morrill Land-Grant Act. Vermont congressman Justin Smith Morrill prepared the bill, and its successful passage was in large measure the result of his persistence and political acumen. The legislation would eventually be …





#43 Norwich is the Birthplace of ROTC

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, This Week in History

This month Norwich is hosting a symposium commemorating the 100th anniversary of the nation’s ROTC program. While it is commonplace today to regard Captain Partridge as the “father” of the concept of ROTC and Norwich University as the “birthplace” of that concept, there is a more direct connection that has not been previously recognized. Cavalry instruction first offered at Norwich …





#42 The Gibson Political Dynasty

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Leaders & Legacy

In the first half of the 20th century, there were two Ernest W. Gibsons who served as U.S. senators from Vermont—a father-son team, both of whom were graduates of Norwich University. Both also served as trustees of Norwich University and received honorary degrees from their alma mater. Gibson the Elder Ernest W. Gibson, Sr. studied science and literature at Norwich …