#80 The Partridge System of Education Across America

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Leaders & Legacy

Shortly after the Academy opened its doors in 1820, Partridge was already making plans to spread his ideas up and down the East Coast. He and other adherents to his educational philosophy eventually established over 20 schools across the landscape of the United States. The earliest Partridge-backed academies after the one in Norwich were founded in Harlem, New York and …

#73 President Charles Plumley Served Norwich and Vermont

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

Charles Plumley graduated from Norwich in 1896, served as president of the university for 14 years, and went on to represent the state of Vermont in the United States Congress. Plumley was a true local boy. He was born and raised in Northfield, the son of Congressman Frank Plumley, who was also a lecturer and honorary degree recipient at Norwich. …

#67 President Loring Hart Oversaw Dramatic Change at Norwich

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Leaders & Legacy

Dr. Loring Hart was president of Norwich during one of the most transformational times in our history—the merger between Norwich University and Vermont College, which led to the admission of female and civilian students for the first time. A decorated veteran of World War II, his service to Norwich perfectly represents the blend of military and civilian elements that makes …

#59 Our Legacy in Norwich, Vermont

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Leaders & Legacy

197 years ago this week, the first bricks were laid on the Norwich, Vt. town green for the American Military, Scientific, and Literary Academy. As we celebrate Founders Day, we take a look at the legacy that Norwich University left behind in its hometown. The Partridges were a large and prominent family in the town of Norwich. Alden Partridge was …

#57 From “Dry” to “Wet”: Norwich President Ira Reeves and Prohibition

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Leaders & Legacy

Ira Reeves was president of Norwich University from 1915-1917, resigning in order to serve in World War I. But it was his career in the 1920s and 1930s, first as a prohibition administrator and later as an anti-prohibition advocate, that make him a truly fascinating figure. Reeves was born and educated in Missouri. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in …

#52 Grenville Dodge, Class of 1851: Soldier, Congressman, Civil Engineer

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Leaders & Legacy

By Professor Gary Lord It is not extravagant to suggest that among Norwich alumni of the 19th century, Grenville M. Dodge was the most significant. He contributed substantially to the development of the American West and influenced the evolution of the University in its first century of growth. Entering Norwich in 1848, Dodge found the faculty filled with “enthusiasm for …

#42 The Gibson Political Dynasty

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Leaders & Legacy

In the first half of the 20th century, there were two Ernest W. Gibsons who served as U.S. senators from Vermont—a father-son team, both of whom were graduates of Norwich University. Both also served as trustees of Norwich University and received honorary degrees from their alma mater. Gibson the Elder Ernest W. Gibson, Sr. studied science and literature at Norwich …

#40 Harold Denny “Soup” Campbell, Class of 1917, World’s Safest Flyer

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Leaders & Legacy

In 1926, President Coolidge presented Harold Denny “Soup” Campbell, class of 1917, with the Schiff Trophy for nearly 900 hours of flight time without an accident. Newspaper headlines across the country touted him as the “world’s safest flyer.” Charles Lindbergh’s historic flight took place just one year after Campbell’s award, in 1927. “Soup” Campbell was born and raised in Waterbury, …