#164 Frederick Lander, the “Great Natural American Soldier”

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Leaders & Legacy

When Brigadier General Frederick William Lander died in 1862, his death was the occasion of national mourning. President Lincoln attended his funeral, and 20,000 spectators lined a two-mile section of Pennsylvania Avenue to pay their respects to the first Union general officer to die during the Civil War. At the time of his death, Frederick Lander was one of the …

#159 Partridge’s Protégé and Rival: The Life of Truman Bishop Ransom

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Leaders & Legacy

Past “200 Things About Norwich” features have highlighted the myth of Truman Ransom coining the Norwich University motto during the Battle of Chapultepec and the legacy of his three sons who attended Norwich in the 1840s, ’50s, and ’60s. Now we turn to the man himself—Truman Bishop Ransom, protégé of Captain Alden Partridge and the second president of Norwich University. …

#158 Paul Revere Andrews, Long-Serving Trustee and Publishing Giant

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Leaders & Legacy

Paul Revere Andrews—“Andy” to his classmates—graduated cum laude from Norwich in 1930. On the Hill, he served as captain of C Troop and treasurer of Theta Chi fraternity, while double-majoring in English and economics and earning varsity letters in track and polo. He held a reserve commission in the U.S. Cavalry for nearly a decade after graduating from Norwich. Beginning …

#157 General Robert H. Milroy, Class of 1843, Set the Stage for Gettysburg Through Defeat

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Leaders & Legacy

Robert Huston Milroy was born on a farm in Indiana in 1816, just three years before Captain Partridge founded his academy in Norwich, Vt. Milroy entered the recently chartered Norwich University in 1840 at the age of 24. Though the university had started evolving toward a four-year baccalaureate curriculum, it was not uncommon for students to be older or younger …

#156 Lt. Gen. David Quantock ’80, the Army’s “Top Cop”

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, 200 Things drafts, Leaders & Legacy

  David Quantock ’80 initially had no intention of making a career out of the military. After he was passed over for aviation due to colorblindness, he wanted something that would give him options when he got out. He decided to join the Military Police. It was during the Cold War, and what he didn’t anticipate was that he would …

#149 Admiral Dewey, Class of 1855, Naval Hero and Vermont Celebrity

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Leaders & Legacy

George Dewey was born in Vermont’s state capital of Montpelier in 1837. He attended Norwich for two years before entering the relatively new United States Naval Academy, where he graduated in 1858. He rose to the rank of lieutenant commander during his service in the Civil War. Continuing his naval career after the war, he became a national hero when …

#148 Horatio Wright, NU 1837: The Unsung Hero of the Battle of Cedar Creek

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Leaders & Legacy

On the morning of October 19, 1864, more than 21,000 Confederate troops descended upon the Union Army of the Shenandoah a few miles south of Winchester, Virginia. It was an early-morning surprise attack meant to throw Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan’s Union Forces off guard. The day before, Sheridan had left for Washington, D.C., for a meeting with General Ulysses S. …

#146 Pierson Mapes, Class of 1959, Propelled NBC to the Top

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Leaders & Legacy

The son of an advertising executive, Pierson “Pier” Mapes grew up in Sterlington, New York, a hamlet 30 miles outside of New York City. While at Norwich, Mapes majored business administration, was in the Corps of Cadets, and joined Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He assumed many leadership roles across campus, including treasurer of Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity and president …