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HISTORY OF HILLSDALE COLLEGE

BY HON. JOHN C. PATTERSON, 1883

The department of art has a four years course of study. Several artists of distinction, and professors of art have been educated at this institution. Persons completing the course in the commercial, music, or art departments receive appropriate credentials. A normal course of two years is provided for those preparing to teach. It will thus be seen that the college has facilities for acquiring accomplishments as well as for intellectual and social discipline.
INSTRUCTORS
No attempt will be made in this paper to describe the talents, characters, and attainments of the various instructors in Hillsdale College. Although the educational history of the State, and the history of the college will be incomplete without sketches of their lives and labors, the time has not yet arrived for writing that chapter. Merely a catalogue of their names and positions will be given, and for the present, their works will be allowed to speak for them. Rev. Edmund B. Fairfield, D. D. LL. D., late Chancellor of the State University of Nebraska, was the first president of the college. He had been president of the college at Spring Arbor from 1848 until 1853, and continued president and instructor at Hillsdale from its organization until June, 18G9. Rev. George T. Day, D. D., was elected president of the college on two occasions, but declined to accept. Rev. James Calder, D. D., was elected president, and after holding the position two years, resigned to accept the presidency of Pennsylvania State College. Rev. Daniel M. Graham, D. D., was then elected president, and held the position for two years—the same who had been the first president and teacher of the school at Spring Arbor. He resigned the presidency of Hillsdale in 1874. The present incumbent, Rev. De. Witt C. Durgin, D. D., was elected to the position in 1874.

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