Muskingum Academy / Marietta College

Muskingum Academy / Marietta College (HM1Y9B)

Location: Marietta, OH 45750 Washington County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 25.06', W 81° 27.046'

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1797 / 1835

—Birth of Higher Education in Ohio —

Muskingum Academy, 1797, Birth of Higher Education in Ohio.
In April 1797, a committee of Marietta citizens, led by General Rufus Putnam, met to establish an academy suitable for preparatory instruction for their youth. Muskingdum Academy, completed late that year, became the first institution of its kind in the Northwest Territory, providing "classical instruction . . . in the higher branches of an English education." Its first instructor was David Putnam, a 1793 Yale graduate. The building also served as the home of the Congregationalist Church until 1808. Growing and expanding with Ohio's first city, the academy served Marietta's educational needs for more than 30 years as the forerunner of Marietta College.

Marietta College, 1835.
Founded as a non-denominational Christian college, Marietta College has its roots in several predecessor institutions, in Marietta, beginning in 1797 with Muskingum Academy. In 1832, a committee of Marietta citizens led by Dr. S.P. Hildreth chartered the Marietta Collegiate
Institute and Western Teachers' Seminary as an outgrowth of Reverend Luther G. Bingham's 1830 Institute of
Education. When it opened in 1835, Marietta College boasted a faculty of five professors and offered a full collegiate course of instruction in moral and intellectual philosophy, Greek, Latin, mathematics, physics, rhetoric, and political economy. Professor Israel W. Andrews led the college as its president from 1855 to 1885; the geological work of his brother,
Professor Ebenezer B. Andrews, laid the foundation for the
college's lasting impact on the field of petroleum engineering.
Erwin Hall, built in 1845-1850, is the oldest building on campus.
HM NumberHM1Y9B
Year Placed2003
Placed ByThe Ohio Bicentennial Commission, the International Paper Company Foundation, and the Ohio Historical Society
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Date Added Thursday, May 11th, 2017 at 9:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 461197 N 4363224
Decimal Degrees39.41766667, -81.45076667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 25.06', W 81° 27.046'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 25' 3.6" N, 81° 27' 2.76" W
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Area Code(s)740
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Christy Mall, Marietta OH 45750, US
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