#16 Norwich University and the Naval Service

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By Gary Lord, Professor of History The following is an excerpt from an article originally published in the December 1982 issue of The Record. Although Norwich University has not been closely or prominently identified with naval affairs, a long and important tradition of naval education does exist, and many Norwich alumni have distinguished themselves in naval service. For example, Admiral …

#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. …

#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 …

#12 Amelia Earhart

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While Amelia Earhart’s exploits are known the world over, few may be aware of her connection to Norwich University. On March 7, 1935, the pioneering aviatrix visited her longtime friend, Norwich’s 16th president, Porter Adams, and addressed the Corps of Cadets. In 1935 Earhart spoke at the Vermont State House in support of increased aviation in the region. She captivated …

#11 Thomas Green Clemson

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Norwich University and Clemson University in South Carolina have a shared legacy. Thomas Green Clemson attended the American Literary, Scientific, and Military Academy (the precursor to Norwich University) in Norwich, Vt., from 1823-1825. According to Clemson University’s history of their founder, the most notable influence on Thomas Clemson’s vision of higher education was the result of his time at the …

#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 …

#9 Alcoholics Anonymous Founder “Bill W.”

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William Griffith Wilson was one of the most influential people of the 20th Century. Known to millions as “Bill W.,” Wilson attended Norwich from 1914 to 1917 and was the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous. Since its inception in 1935, Wilson’s 12-step program to recovery has helped countless people achieve sobriety and overcome addiction. Now celebrating its 80th year, Alcoholics Anonymous …

#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 …

#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 …