#88 Norwich’s Engineering Legacy

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Norwich Firsts

Alden Partridge commissioned as a first lieutenant in the Army Corps of Engineers in 1807, just five years after the Corps was established by President Thomas Jefferson in 1802. The Corps was to be stationed at West Point, and was an integral part of the military academy there. Thus, West Point became the first engineering school in the country—but not …





#87 A Crisis Abroad Forced Students to Leave Norwich

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Norwich Was There

President Loring Hart signed an agreement in 1976 to allow midshipmen from the Iranian Imperial Navy to enroll at Norwich for education and training. The Citadel and VMI had similar programs. Just two years later, while the students were in the middle of their studies, came the outbreak of the Iranian Revolution. Tensions between the United States and Iran peaked …





#86 Major General Briard P. Johnson

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Leaders & Legacy

Major General Briard Poland Johnson graduated from Norwich University in 1927, when cavalry training was at the heart of a Norwich education. He commissioned into the U.S. Cavalry Reserve after graduation, and served as a reserve officer for six years while working as a civil engineer. He began active duty in 1933. During World War II, he served in the …





#85 The Norwich Smallpox Quarantine of 1912

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, This Week in History

Cadet L.W. Smith had recently contracted an illness believed to be chicken pox while visiting his mother in Greenfield, Massachusetts. He was placed under “light quarantine” and nothing was thought of it until his roommate, Verner Belyea, began exhibiting clear smallpox symptoms a few days later. The first vaccine for smallpox was introduced in 1796. Though it would not be …