#128 President Charles Spooner, Only Member of His Graduating Class, Doubled the Size of Norwich

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Charles Horace Spooner was born in Charlestown, N.H. in 1858. He entered Norwich University when he was just 16 years old and completed a bachelor’s degree with an A average in only three years. He gained experience in teaching and military training at different schools before being called home to lead his alma mater in 1904. Spooner’s presidency followed the …

#126 “Hilly Chilly” Has Offered Leadership Opportunities for 70 Years

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“Climb to Conquer” is the motto of the Mountain Cold Weather (MCW) Company, established by the United States War Department in August 1947. The War Department saw the uniqueness of Norwich’s location – near mountains with severe winter temperatures – and its mission to train cadets to be officers in the Army. The first instructor assigned to Norwich was MSG …

#125 Trustee Koziol Held a Top Intelligence Position at the Department of Defense

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Lt. Gen. John “Craig” Koziol, Class of 1976, is a retired Air Force Lieutenant General and Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Intelligence), a career Airman who commanded at the detachment, squadron, center, group, wing, Air Force agency, and joint command levels. Koziol earned his undergraduate degree from Norwich and commissioned through the university’s Air Force ROTC program as a distinguished …

#124 Gideon Welles: Lincoln’s “Neptune”

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Gideon Welles was a native of Glastonbury, Conn., a descendent of 17th century colonists who settled in the state. He attended the Episcopal Academy of Connecticut (now known as Cheshire Academy) before enrolling in Alden Partridge’s American Literary, Scientific, and Military Academy in 1823. The academy was only in its fourth year of operation in Norwich, Vt. The academy moved …

#121 When the Civil War Came to Our Backyard

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On October 19, 1864—the same day Norwich alumnus Major General Horatio Wright played a key role in the tide-turning victory against the Confederate Army at Cedar Creek—Norwich University cadets and faculty set out to defend the U.S.-Canada border in what became the northernmost conflict of the Civil War. Six hundred miles north of the raging battle at Cedar Creek, Va., …

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

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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

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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 …

#110 – Major General Seth Williams, Class of 1903, Helped Shape the Modern Marine Corps

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By Gary Appleby ‘90 On April 1, 1917, only five days before formally entering the war, the Commandant of the Marine Corps appointed a three-man board to “recommend a site in the Washington area for a temporary training camp and maneuver field for the Marine Corps.” America was preparing to enter the war and needed freshly trained Marines, a place …

#107 Brigadier General Charles Coolidge, Class of 1863, Served in Five Major Conflicts

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Brigadier General Charles Coolidge was a native of Boston, Massachusetts and a descendent of Revolutionary War patriots. He attended Norwich University from 1859 to 1861 before enlisting in the 16th U.S. Infantry as a humble private. This would be the first of five major conflicts in which Coolidge would serve his country: the Civil War, the Indian Wars, the Spanish-American …

#105 Edward Hale Brooks, Class of 1916, Led the “Hell On Wheels” Division on Omaha Beach

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Edward Hale Brooks was one of three Norwich men to command the 2nd Armored Division during World War II. He led the so-called “Hell On Wheels” division into action at Omaha Beach and received numerous military decorations including the Silver Star, Bronze Star, and Distinguished Service Medal. Brooks was a native of Concord, New Hampshire. He graduated from Norwich in …