When Daniel Webster stood before the Supreme Court, the man who would become one of America's most famous orators rose to speak on behalf of his New Hampshire alma mater, he summed up Dartmouth College by saying,
"It is a small college and yet, there are those who love it!"
Founded by Eleazer Wheelock in 1769 in "the wilderness" of the far-north bank of the Connecticut River, the school was chartered to bring a Christian education to indigenous tribes of the North East. The success of Wheelock's experiment in education can be seen most notably in the writings of Samson Occom. Dartmouth continues to welcome a large number of Native American students, carrying on the original mission and has been home to more Native American students than all the other Ivy League Colleges combined. Comprised of a top Liberal Arts College, Tuck Business School, Thayer School of Engineering and the Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth has grown to become one of the premiere universities in the world.
Daniel Webster's beaver hat sits among the historic artifacts in the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth. Housed in Baker Library, this artifact coincides with the National Historic Landmark Orozco murals of Western Civilization. The first cartoons of Dartmouth alumnus Ted Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss) can also be found here in tribute to the man for whom the college medical school is now named.
Dartmouth is in the DNA of The Hanover Inn, carved out of the New England sensibility of another famed former student, Robert Frost. The Inn offers an authentic sense of the place that is Dartmouth with deep, "Dartmouth green" décor and a restaurant named PINE, in honor of the Lone Pine that gathered graduating Dartmouth seniors and is now symbolized in the College Commencement Lectern. The Inn resonates with the classical architecture that surrounds the Dartmouth Green. It echoes the hospitality of the innkeeper who first built lodgings on the current site of The Hanover Inn Dartmouth in 1780.
Things to Do at Dartmouth
Dartmouth Academic Calendar