#108 – A Friendship Between Industrialists Gave Us Norwich Carnegie Library

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, This Week in History

When General Grenville Dodge announced at an alumni banquet in 1905 that his friend Andrew Carnegie had pledged $50,000 for a new library building, it came as a complete surprise to the University community. Grenville Dodge became acquainted with Andrew Carnegie through the railroad business in the 1870s. Carnegie was involved in railroads before turning his attention to steel, where …

#107 Brigadier General Charles Coolidge, Class of 1863, Served in Five Major Conflicts

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Leaders & Legacy

Brigadier General Charles Coolidge was a native of Boston, Massachusetts and a descendent of Revolutionary War patriots. He attended Norwich University from 1859 to 1861 before enlisting in the 16th U.S. Infantry as a humble private. This would be the first of five major conflicts in which Coolidge would serve his country: the Civil War, the Indian Wars, the Spanish-American …

#106 The Cadet’s Creed Rings True for 90 Years

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, This Week in History

“I believe that the cardinal virtues of the individual are courage, honesty, temperance and wisdom; and that the true measure of success is service rendered—to God, to Country, and to Mankind.” These words are intimately familiar to every man and woman who has claimed membership in the Norwich University Corps of Cadets for the last 90 years. The Norwich Cadet’s …

#105 Edward Hale Brooks, Class of 1916, Led the “Hell On Wheels” Division on Omaha Beach

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Leaders & Legacy

Edward Hale Brooks was one of three Norwich men to command the 2nd Armored Division during World War II. He led the so-called “Hell On Wheels” division into action at Omaha Beach and received numerous military decorations including the Silver Star, Bronze Star, and Distinguished Service Medal. Brooks was a native of Concord, New Hampshire. He graduated from Norwich in …

#104 The First Norwich Alumni Club Started in 1852

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The first formal organization of Norwich University alumni was established in 1852 under the name Norwich University Friendship Club. The founding document was signed by 17 members, with 11 honorary members listed, including Grenville Dodge and two of the Ransom brothers. The signatories sought to “voluntarily organize ourselves for the purpose of keeping in remembrance those friendly feelings, and that …

#103 Harmon Statue Sculptor Designed the Korean War Memorial

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Adapted from an article by Paul Heller that appeared in The Bridge on November 19, 2009. In 1986, Norwich University dedicated a memorial to Major General and University President Ernest Harmon that was created by local sculptor Frank Gaylord. Nine years later, in 1995, Gaylord’s most famous work was dedicated—19 stainless steel statues of soldiers representing a platoon on patrol, …

#102 Aviation Pioneer Porter Adams Brought His Vision to Norwich

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Leaders & Legacy

Porter Hartwell Adams was born in Quincy, Mass. He was rumored to be descended from U.S. Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams. He was one of the first students to study aeronautical engineering at M.I.T., where as a laboratory assistant he helped build the first wind tunnel at an educational institution. After graduating from M.I.T., Adams and a classmate, …

#101 Perley Belknap and the Potato Wars

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Adapted from an article by Peter F. Young that first appeared in the Dog River Crier, the newsletter of the Northfield Historical Society, and which later appeared in Young’s book, Tales from the Dog (And More). When a fire destroyed Norwich University’s South Barracks in March of 1866, the university lacked the resources to rebuild on the site. The citizens …

#99 The Class of 1917 Graduated Ten Years Late

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The 1927 commencement ceremonies at Norwich included the 53 members of the Class of 1927, plus 22 alumni ten years their senior.  Graduation ceremonies for the men in the Class of 1917 were delayed ten years because they left Norwich for war service before they completed their studies.  Norwich President Charles Plumley declared that the ceremony for the Class of …