Excerpt from McKendree College: An Historical Sketch Among those voting to grant the charter is found the name of Abraham Lincoln. The first president was the Rev. Peter Akers, D. D., prominent as an orator and theologian among the Methodists of Illiis, who still survives after a long career of eminent usefulness. The institution was organized for regular collegiate work in 1836. The professors teaching here at that time were graduates of Wesleyan University, Middletown, Conn., and they caused the course of studies, which they had themselves pursued, to be adopted as the requirement for graduation at McKendree College. The first graduates of the college belong to the year 1841. There were seven in the class of whom three survive, two of them citizens of Leban hored in their chosen professions. From 1841 to the present time 425 persons have completed the prescribed courses of study and received the appropriate degrees. Of these 135 have become lawyers; 80, teachers; 65, minister of the gospel; 25, physicians; about the same number, editors and Journalists; while others in less public fields of labor are exerting a most salutary influence in behalf of good morals and citizenship. In addition to these it has happened here, as in other institutions of learning, especially in the West and the South, that far the greater number in attendance have t remained long eugh to complete the full collegiate course required for graduation, but have selected those studies which were deemed most important in the occupations which they were intending to follow, and have left college without receiving degrees. Taking these into account, we may say, that the college in the fifty-six years of its existence has given the benefits of an education more or less extensive to about five thousand persons. Readers of history remember the anecdote which relates how Cornelia, daughter of the conqueror of Hannibal, in reply to the Campanian lady who displayed her costly robes, precious stones and ornaments of gold, awaited the return of her children from school and pointing to them, exclaimed: These are my jewels. And so McKendree College, if questioned as to that upon which she most prides herself, would point, t to cabinets, and libraries, and literary halls, and piles of brick and mortar, or even to her beautiful grounds hallowed by so many associations, but to this army of men and women who received here the training which has in so large a measure shaped their subsequent lives and whose success in their various occupations is her greatest praise and highest hor. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.