#119 Henry Hancock, Class of 1843, Surveyed Los Angeles and Owned the La Brea Tar Pits

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Leaders & Legacy

Henry Hancock was a native of Bath, N.H. who, before enrolling at Norwich University, attended Newbury Methodist Seminary in Newbury, Vt. This makes him a “double graduate” of Norwich. Newbury Methodist Seminary later moved to Montpelier, where it became Montpelier Seminary and then Vermont College, which merged with Norwich University in 1972. Hancock attended Norwich around the turbulent time of …

#118 Edwin Ferry Johnson Helped Engineer the American Landscape

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Leaders & Legacy

Edwin Ferry Johnson was a native Vermonter and the son of a prominent civil engineer; his father was surveyor-general of Vermont for many years. In early life, Johnson learned the skill of surveying as an apprentice to his father. In 1818, at age 15, he assisted his father when he participated in the great Northeast Boundary Survey of the U.S.-Canada …

#117 Norwich Felt the Impact of the Great Depression But Remained Strong

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Fun Facts & Stats

  As with many national events, Norwich remained both removed from and deeply affected by the depression. In large part, life on campus carried on as usual, with academics, athletic contests, cadet training, and social events at the forefront. But national events have a way of seeping in. Enrollment began to decline. Seniors worried gravely about their employment prospects after …

#116 Student Organization Responsible for 9/11 Memorial

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, This Week in History

The initiative is spearheaded by the political science student organization POLITEIA, a decades-old club that has been sponsoring the planting of 9/11 remembrance flags since 2008. The club’s mission is to promote interest in political affairs through research, professional opportunities, leadership, and current events. The first 9/11 remembrance ceremony to be held on campus was just days after the attacks, …

#115 Michael Mori, Class of 1991, Defended an Innocent Guantanamo Detainee

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Norwich Was There

When Major Michael Dante Mori ’91 first learned he would be defending “Guantanamo Detainee Number 002,” he was expecting what then U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld described as “among the most dangerous, best trained, vicious killers on the face of the Earth”—someone who likely had been involved in the 9/11 attacks. Then he met David Hicks: a 5-ft., 2-in. …