#190 Norwich’s Elusive Edison Connection

Archer Greenhalgh 200 Things about Norwich, Fun Facts & Stats

The 1880s are a somewhat mysterious and poorly documented period in Norwich history. It was during this time period that the university was temporarily renamed Lewis College after being saved from financial distress by Charles Lewis, Class of 1855. It’s a shame that we know so little about Norwich in the 1880s, because that decade holds a little-known gem: Thomas …

#189 Remembering Honor Tank Platoon

Archer Greenhalgh 200 Things about Norwich, Fun Facts & Stats, Military Milestones

The 1940s were a time of transition in the landscape of military training at Norwich. In addition to the mountain and winter warfare training program getting its start in 1947, the decade also saw the transition from mounted to armored cavalry training—and the arrival of tanks on campus. Following the end of World War II, mounted cavalry training was initially …

#188 Alden Partridge’s Nephew Carried On the Family Legacy at Norwich

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Leaders & Legacy

Alden Partridge does not have any living biological descendants. One of his sons died as a teenager, and the other never married. However, the Partridge family was sprawling and influential in the region of Norwich, Vt. Our founder was one of seven children, and a number of his many relatives were involved with the affairs of the American Literary, Scientific, …

#186 The Alden Partridge Stamp Was Issued on the Wrong Date

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, This Week in History

Thirty-four years ago, Norwich University celebrated another bicentennial milestone on a national scale. 1985 marked the 200th anniversary of our founder’s birth in the town of Norwich, Vt. For those following along at home, this means he was just 34 years old when he founded the American Literary, Scientific, and Military Academy. In honor of his 200th birthday, the U.S. …

#185 In Our Bicentennial Year, You Can Bring Norwich History to Life

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Fun Facts & Stats

Welcome to the bicentennial year! After much anticipation, 2019 is upon us. This calendar year, we will be reflecting on the 200-year legacy of Captain Alden Partridge and the little academy he decided to build in Norwich, Vt. What better way to celebrate that legacy than to learn about Norwich history from its most foundational documents? The Norwich University Archives …

#184 The Military College of Vermont Turns 120

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Fun Facts & Stats

In 2018, Norwich celebrated 120 years of being the Military College of Vermont, a status bestowed by the Vermont State Legislature on November 29, 1898. That legislative action was, in part, a reflection of the pride Vermonters shared in the prominent roles played by native sons in the Spanish-American War, notably Henry Hersey and George Dewey, who were also both …

#183 The Mayo Family of Northfield

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, This Week in History

Originally from nearby Moretown, Dr. William Mayo first opened a private medical practice in the village of Northfield, Vt., in 1877. He was only 23 years old and had just received his M.D. from the Homeopathic Medical College in New York City. These were the earliest years of medical education and professional practice as we think of them today; the …

#182 George Totten, Class of 1827, Built the Panama Railroad

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Norwich Was There

George Muirson Totten attended Captain Partridge’s American Literary, Scientific, and Military Academy from 1824 to 1827. He was a native of nearby New Haven, Conn., and attended the prestigious Hopkins School before entering the Academy. Though Totten’s hometown was very close to Middletown, Conn., where the Academy moved while he was a student, he initially traveled to Norwich, Vt., to …