ABOVE - (click on image
to enlarge) A chart of battles, leaders, and congresses during the
First College in a New Nation
On May 24,
1782, the Maryland General Assembly granted a charter
creating the first college in the newly born American
republic. Washington College, America's tenth-oldest
college, was distinct among its peers in its decidedly
secular mission: to educate responsible citizens who
could lead government, start businesses, and promote
peace and knowledge.
Reverend Dr. William Smith, a Scottish-born Episcopal
minister associated closely with Benjamin Franklin, Dr.
Benjamin Rush and other prominent thinkers of the
revolutionary generation, founded the college, which
started life as the Kent County Free School in 1723.
An Account of Washington
College, 1784 ...read
George Washington’s 50 Guinea Draft ...read