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HISTORY OF HILLSDALE COLLEGE

BY HON. JOHN C. PATTERSON, 1883

This was the first college charter granted by the legislature of Michigan, and this was the first college ever chartered in the Free-will Baptist denomination. The institution had anticipated the amendment to the charter, and students had been pursuing the regular college courses of study. The school had been founded on the basis of co-education, and was open to all, "irrespective of nationality, creed, color, or sex. " In 1851, Elizabeth D. Camp, of Palmyra, X. Y., graduated from the scientific course, and received her degree. Joseph Andrews of Sandstone, Harriet X. Benedict of Spring Arbor, Laura E. Hayes of Cook's Prairie, Julia A. Woodman and Sarah V. Woodman of Paw Paw, Jane E. Tripp of. Spring Arbor -and Abigail S. Tripp of Jackson graduated from the scientific course, and Livonia E. Benedict of Spring Arbor from the classical course, in 1852, and received their appropriate degrees. Livonia E. Benedict, now the widow of the late Rev. Wm. H. Perrine. P. D., of Albion, has the honor of being the first lady who graduated from the classical course, and received the degree of A. B. from a Michigan college. William H. Perrine and Levant C. Rhines of Sandstone, and Walter H. Watkins, of Albion, graduated from the classical course, and James H. Stewart, of Yankee Springs, from the scientific course in 1853, and received their degrees from the college. This was the last class graduated from Michigan Central College at Spring Arbor. The college opened at Spring Arbor December 4th, 1844. and closed its doors July 6th, 1853, to be transferred to Hillsdale. Thirteen students, nine from the scientific course, and four from the classical, graduated from the college under its charter.

EARLY MICHIGAN


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