Chapter 4: College Life.—September, 1826, to September, 1830.—age, 15-19.
began his studies as a Freshman at Harvard College, Sept. 1, 1826.1
Its undergraduates, now increased to more than eight hundred, numbered at that period not quite two hundred. Rev. John T. Kirkland
was the president.
Among the professors were Edward T. Channing
in rhetoric, George Ticknor
in French and Spanish literature, John S. Popkin
, George Otis
in Latin, Levi Hedge
in logic and metaphysics, and John Farrar
in mathematics and natural philosophy.
was the instructor in French and Spanish, and Charles Follen
in German and the civil law. Of the corps of teachers then in service, none survive.
In 1829, Josiah Quincy
succeeded Dr. Kirkland
in the presidency of the college.
occupied, in his Freshman year, the room numbered 17 Hollis Hall; in his Sophomore and Junior years, 12 Stoughton
; and in his Senior, 23 Holworthy.
This last room, of which the ceiling has since been raised, is situated in the fourth story, and contains two dormitories and one study-room.
Holworthy had superior accommodations, and was at that time reserved chiefly for Seniors.
The classmates with whom he associated most were John W. Browne
, of Salem
, his chum in the Sophomore and Senior years; Jonathan F. Stearns
, of Bedford
, his chum in the Freshman year; Thomas Hopkinson
, of New Sharon, Me.
; and Charlemagne Tower
, of Paris, N. Y.
Of these, only Stearns
studied law, opening an office in Salem
, and afterwards removing to Boston
His mind and character were of an original cast, and he made a strong impression on the friends who knew