#67 President Loring Hart Oversaw Dramatic Change at Norwich

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Leaders & Legacy

Dr. Loring Hart was president of Norwich during one of the most transformational times in our history—the merger between Norwich University and Vermont College, which led to the admission of female and civilian students for the first time. A decorated veteran of World War II, his service to Norwich perfectly represents the blend of military and civilian elements that makes …

#66 Cadets Aided in a 1925 Kidnapping Manhunt

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Norwich Was There

Earl Woodward was a 27-year-old farm hand employed by Lucille Chatterton’s family in Granville, about 15 miles southeast of Northfield as the crow flies. After Woodward and Chatterton disappeared, the sheriff’s men searched the woods in Braintree, Roxbury, and Brookfield for five days without any luck. Finally, the state attorney general asked Norwich’s President Charles Plumley for some cadets to …

#65 Hiram Bearss Received the Medal of Honor for Heroism in the Philippines

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Military Milestones

Brigadier General Hiram Iddings Bearss was born in Peru, Indiana in 1875. He and his younger brother Braxton were both members of the NU Class of 1898, though “Bracks” did not complete his studies at Norwich due to poor health. Known as “Mike” to his fellow cadets, Hiram Bearss was captain of the brand-new football team and commissioned as a …

#64 Southern Families Flocked to Partridge’s Academy

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Fun Facts & Stats

At a time when transportation infrastructure was scarce and Vermont winters unforgiving, nearly 15 percent of Alden Partridge’s earliest academy students came from the Southeastern United States. They came from North Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, Virginia, Louisiana, and Mississippi, but predominantly from South Carolina. In droves they traveled from larger towns like Columbia and Charleston, as well as little coastal islands …

#63 President Schneider Becomes Our Longest Serving President

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, This Week in History

Alden Partridge served as president of Norwich University for 24 years, 3 months, and 5 days. On September 7, 2016, Richard Schneider will surpass this record to become our university’s longest serving president. Alden Partridge’s presidency began when the cornerstone was laid for the founding of the American Literary, Scientific, and Military Academy on August 6, 1819, the day we …