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HISTORY OF HILLSDALE COLLEGE

BY HON. JOHN C. PATTERSON, 1883

The demand for an educated ministry, and the educational movement was being agitated in denominational circles in the east. Elder Samuel Whitcomb, Elder Elijah Cook, and Elder Henry S. Limbocker, as early as 1835, took a stand in favor of an educated ministry. With their limited common school education, they were conscious that their own usefulness was crippled for the want of better intellectual training and educational acquirements. They had the sagacity to foresee that the church of the future would demand an educated ministry; that education was becoming more general, the communicants more enlightened, and that the denomination would be compelled to raise the standard of education to enable it to keep up with the times, and to build up and maintain its interest in intellectual centers. They recognized education as the handmaid of religion, and preached this truth to their congregations. They discussed the educational question at their homes, and in private circles, and advocated the plan of a denominational school for the purpose of educating their ministers and their children; a school where the intellect could be trained under a strong religious, yet catholic influence. They advocated an educational enterprise to accomplish a denominational end. These pioneer fathers, as they toiled and sacrificed, doubtless remembered that the denominational or religious element entered very largely into the work of establishing Dartmouth, Yale, Harvard, Brown's, Princeton, and numerous other great institutions of learning, and had it not been for the demand for learned ministers and learned laymen, as well as a love for a higher education those colleges would not have been planted in colonial days, to bless the church, nation, and race.

EARLY MICHIGAN


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