#197 – The History of Our History

Archer Greenhalgh 200 Things about Norwich, Fun Facts & Stats, Leaders & Legacy 8 Comments

Norwich University has curated a collection of documents and objects that honor our heritage and tell our story since at least 1902 and likely earlier. When Dewey Hall opened in 1902, it included space for museum cases to display “geological specimens, etc.” and “relics of various descriptions.” The Hotchkiss Revolving cannon that stands outside of Dewey Hall today is an …

#196 – The Eight Board Chairs That Have Shaped NU

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You may not realize that our fine institution has not always had a board of trustees. When Alden Partridge established the American Literary, Scientific, and Military Academy, it had no formal charter that dictated a governance structure. Some early manuscripts held by the University Archives indicate that there may have been a governing board sometime in the 1820s, perhaps established …

#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, …

#170 This Beloved Professor and Coach Advanced PE At Norwich

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Leaders & Legacy

Dr. Wallace “Wally” Baines was a native of Derby, Conn., and a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard (and would be referred to fondly as “The Maj” during his time at Norwich). Following his service, he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education and became a public school teacher in Arizona. He was nearly finished with his doctorate in education …

#169 William H. Russell, Class of 1828, Founded an Infamous Society

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Leaders & Legacy

William Huntington Russell was a native of Middletown, Conn., and the descendent of an old Connecticut family—his ancestor Noadiah Russell was a founding trustee of Yale College. Russell’s life story reflects this family history as well as the influence of his mentor, Captain Alden Partridge. He studied at the American Literary, Scientific, and Military Academy between 1826 and 1828, when …