#15 Alden Partridge:
The first extreme hiker

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Alden Partridge had an astounding idea: He would hike two of Vermont’s highest peaks, Mount Mansfield and Camel’s Hump. That might not sound like such a revolutionary notion to us. After all, thousands of people hike those mountains each year. But this was 1818, a time when hiking wasn’t exactly a popular sport. Just saying you wanted to climb a …

#14 Luther Swift Dixon

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Ever since the signing of the US Constitution in 1787, the issue of states’ rights versus those of the federal government have been debated. In 1859, Luther Swift Dixon, Norwich class of 1847, became Chief Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court and took on the hotly contested Fugitive Slave Act and the right of states to overrule the federal government. …

#8 NU’s Maj. Gen. Ernest Harmon: “The Second Patton”

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This year represents the 65th anniversary of NU President Ernest Nason Harmon’s inauguration in 1950. President Harmon had an immeasurable and lasting impact on the university. During his 15-year presidency, he oversaw a period of unprecedented growth in the student body and physical campus, instituted many practices and traditions that are an integral part of Norwich today, and ushered the …

#6 Founder’s Day

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On 6 August, 1819, the first bricks were laid in Norwich, Vt., for the American Literary, Scientific and Military Academy. News of the groundbreaking was reported in a number of local newspapers, including this excerpt from the Essex Patriot of Concord, N.H. On Friday, the 6th instant, the first bricks were laid; under which, at the two front corners, were …