#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 …

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

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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 …

#51 James Burt, Class of 1939, Received the Medal of Honor for Heroism in WWII

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James Montross Burt is one of the proud NU alumni to have received the Medal of Honor, our country’s highest military award. Out of the over 16 million Americans who served in World War II, only 464 received this honor. Burt hailed from South Lee, Massachusetts and graduated from Norwich in the Class of 1939. While at Norwich, James Burt …

#50 Memories of Dewey Hall

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By Martin Suydam ‘65 The cornerstone of Dewey Hall, named after Norwich University cadet and hero of Manila Bay Admiral George Dewey, was laid on September 14, 1899. The building was completed in 1902 and was the third building on the campus. It housed administrative offices, an assembly hall, the library and museum, the chapel, and space for the U.S. …

#48 “I Will Try” and “Essayons”: A Tale of Two Mottos and the Chapultepec Myth

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Norwich University has had two official mottos: “Essayons” and “I Will Try.” The origins of both mottos and the relationship between the two are commonly misunderstood. “Essayons” is French for “let us try,” and has been the motto of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers since before Norwich was founded in 1819. Conventional wisdom erroneously attributes the phrase “I Will …

#47 Peace Corps Preparatory Program Pioneered a New Concept of National Service

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In the summer of 1986, Carol Todd returned to Norwich from a volunteerism conference with an idea for her husband, Norwich President Russell Todd. She had just heard Loret Miller Ruppe, the director of the Peace Corps, present the idea of an ROTC-like training program to recruit new volunteers for the Peace Corps. The timing was serendipitous. President Todd had …

#46 Isaac Davis White, Class of 1922, A Hero Descended from Heroes

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Isaac Davis White, Class of 1922, embodied the Norwich spirit from a young age.  A highly decorated four-star general, White descended from a long line of war heroes stretching back to the Revolutionary War. White was born in 1901 and raised in Peterboro, New Hampshire. His father, Major General Daniel Mansfield White, was a Civil War veteran and career Army …

#45 The “College Wars” of 1914 Highlighted What We Love About Norwich

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In 1914, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching completed an extensive study and report on the state of primary, secondary, and higher education in Vermont. Commissioned by the Vermont Education Commission, the recommendation of the “Carnegie Report” shocked the Norwich community. One of the report’s key conclusions was that the state was putting too much funding—a total of …