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Dartmouth College. Office of the President. Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1877-1892)



  • Usage: 1877 - 1892


Samuel Colcord Bartlett (born November 25, 1817, Salisbury, New Hampshire [U.S.] – died November 16, 1898, Hanover, New Hampshire [U.S.]) graduated from Dartmouth College in 1836 and Theol Sem 1842; DD 1861; LLD Princeton 1877. ΦBK. Tutor 1838-1839. Minister Monson Mass 1843-46; Manchester, NH 1852-57; Chicago Theol Sem 1858-77. Trustee NH Coll Agr 1879-92. Lect rel bib to sci and his Phillips Found 1892-98. Minister. Bartlett served as the College’s eighth president (1877-1892). Dartmouth College marked the tenure of President Bartlett, with the building of Rollins Chapel, Bartlett Hall and Wilson Hall. An elective course for students took shape during his administration and the endowment surpassed the million-dollar mark. Bartlett improved working conditions for faculty members and added 30 more scholarships to what had been an already growing list during the tenure of President Lord. But the administration of President Bartlett was an embattled one, and he lost the vital support of faculty and alumni alike. The controversy surrounding him reached an apogee when the majority of the graduating Class of 1881 called for his removal from office. Subjected to an investigation by the Trustees, Bartlett employed what had become a legendary wit and finely honed intelligence to explain his actions and defend his administration. As a result, the charges—that he had alienated the faculty, ignored important administrative duties and generally conducted himself in a way unbecoming a Dartmouth president--"melted away," in the words of one chronicler. President Bartlett remained in office until 1892, when he resigned to become a member of the faculty.

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Dartmouth College. Office of the President (1877-1892 : Samuel Colcord Bartlett) record

Identifier: DP-8
Abstract Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817-1898). 8th Dartmouth College President. Contains materials related to the Trustees efforts to have Bartlett removed from office. The papers include personal correspondence, transcripts of Bartlett’s hearing and a manuscript written by Bartlett entitled the “Inner History of the Troubles of Dartmouth College.” Letters to and from J. K. Lord and Judge Chase discuss Bartlett’s situation and hearing. Also included is correspondence relevent to the construction of...

John Richards certificate

Mss 843413
Identifier: Mss 843413

In English.

President Bartlett note

Mss 000236
Identifier: Mss 000236

In English.