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Colby College

Miller Library (2001)

Miller Library (2001)

is a liberal arts institution, known in its early days as Waterville College, located in Waterville on its 714-acre campus.

Founded in 1813, Colby is one of the nation’s oldest independent colleges. A residential four-year college, more than two thirds of Colby’s undergraduates study abroad during their college career, and international representation in the student body represents more than 60 countries.

Olin Science Center (2001)

Olin Science Center (2001)

Keyes Science Building (2001)

Keyes Science Building (2001)

Among its alumni are crusading journalist Elijah Lovejoy (after whom a campus building is named), members of congress including Lot Morrill (also a governor) and Asher Hinds (also Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives).  19th century U.S. Senator Wyman B. Moor graduated when it was Waterville College.

Author, humorist and film maker Holman Day was a graduate in 1887. James Russell Wiggins, editor of the Washington Post and later publisher of the Ellsworth American was a graduate. Author and commercial fisherman Linda Greenlaw is a 1983 graduate.

U.S. Representative John E. Nelson graduated in 1898, and his son Charles P. Nelson, also a U.S. Representative, graduated in 1928, as did U.S. Representative James S. Wiley in 1836 and Charles P. Nelson in 1828.

Additional resources

See Colby College home page at http://www.colby.edu/ .

Bixler, Julius Seelye. Colby College (1813-1953); a venture of faith. Illustrated by Cecile Newbold. New York. Newcomen Society in North American. 1953.

Libby, Herbert Carlyle. Colby Stories: As Told By Colby Men Of The Classes 1832 To 1902. Concord, N.H. Rumford Press. 1900.

Marriner, Ernest Cummings. The Strider Years: an extension of the history of Colby College. Waterville, Me. The College. 1980.

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