#53 Trustee Leonard Wood and the Rough Riders Association

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The Rough Riders was a nickname given to the First U.S. Volunteer Cavalry regiment, which distinguished itself in Cuba during the Spanish-American War. The regiment was commanded by future Norwich trustee Leonard Wood and future U.S. president Theodore Roosevelt, and Norwich alumnus Henry Hersey was counted among their ranks. After the war was fought, the Rough Riders Association had an …

#44 Alden Partridge’s Model for the Morrill Land-Grant Act

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By Gary Lord The landmark legislation passed by the United States Congress in 1862 supporting a national system of agricul­tural and technical colleges is commonly known as the Morrill Land-Grant Act. Vermont congressman Justin Smith Morrill prepared the bill, and its successful passage was in large measure the result of his persistence and political acumen. The legislation would eventually be …

#26 Linda Eastman VC ’61 Married Paul McCartney

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Linda Eastman came to Vermont College in 1959 from Scarsdale High School in suburban New York. At that time, Vermont College was a junior college, offering two-year programs in subjects like secretarial science. Eight years later, in March of 1969, Eastman did what she is perhaps best known for: In the midst of the Beatlemania craze, she married Paul McCartney. …

#22 Russell W. Porter: Telescope Maker

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Russell Williams Porter was enthralled by the questions that swirl in a thoughtful man’s mind when he contemplates the stars. Porter, who attended Norwich from 1889-1890, is regarded as “the father of the amateur telescope movement.” Among his life achievements was designing the 200-inch Hale telescope at Mount Palomar, California. A native of Springfield, Vt., Russell Porter was an architect …

#21 Lieutenant Colonel Harold Watson, NU ’40, Pilots B25 on Doolittle’s Raid

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In the months following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Roosevelt was looking for something to give the American people a boost in morale for what was expected to be a long war both in Europe and the Pacific. The Navy and Army Air Corps presented a plan that became famously known as “Doolittle’s Raid.” It was a yet …

#18 “Daredevil” Hersey: Rough Rider and Aeronaut

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Henry Blanchard “Daredevil” Hersey, Norwich class of 1885, led a colorful and adventure-filled life in which he played many roles, including as a meteorologist, balloonist and member of the Rough Riders. A native of Williamstown, Vt., Hersey entered Norwich in 1881. Like many students in the nineteenth century he left after two years to enter the United States Signal Service …

#13 The College Cavaliers

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In October 1862, twenty-three Norwich cadets returned to campus from a stretch in the Civil War with an amazing story to tell. They had been part of “the College Cavaliers”, a Union cavalry unit made up of college students primarily from Dartmouth and Norwich. They had signed up for a three-month enlistment, and during that time participated in a daring …

#10 The Professor Who Solved a Mass Poisoning Whodunit

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Criminal Justice may be the most popular major at Norwich. But it took an associate professor of chemistry to solve a truly terrible case on the other side of the globe—the largest mass poisoning of a population in history. Working in Bangladesh since 1997, analytical chemist Prof. Seth Frisbie revealed that over 50 million Bangladeshis were drinking water with unsafe …

#7 Albert Martin at the Alamo

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Captain Albert Martin is considered by many to be a hero in the 1836 Battle of the Alamo. It is widely believed that Martin attended the American Literary, Scientific and Military Academy (the precursor to Norwich University) during the 1820s when it was located in Middletown, Connecticut. No one has yet had success in proving this claim. A native of …

#1 Robert E. Hitchcock ’59

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US Marine Corps Second Lieutenant Robert C. Hitchchock, NU Class of 1859, is believed to be the first Norwich alumnus and the first Vermonter to die in the Civil War. He was killed in action on July 21, 1861, while leading his company in a charge at the first Battle of Bull Run. He and nine enlisted Marines were buried …