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Benjamin Crowninshield Papers, 1804

Benjamin Crowninshield Papers, 1804
UA 5.099
1.0 Folder
Scope and Contents

The papers of Benjamin Crowninshield include five letters sent and received by Crowninshield while he was a student at the College of William and Mary.

In the student's first letter he wrote, “The pleasing manners of this place would be enough to keep one here, but the advantages of the college, I should think, would keep me here forever.” He also discusses the theories of Sir Isaac Newton and mentions walking with the president of William and Mary, Bishop James Madison.

Crowninshield, Benjamin
Administrative/Biographical History
Benjamin Crowninshield was a student at the College of William and Mary in 1804-1805. He was from Salem, Massachusetts, and according to a June 18, 1933 article printed in The Boston Sunday Globe, he was the "first yankee who ever went south to college."
College of William and Mary--Alumni and alumnae
College of William and Mary--History--19th century
College of William and Mary--Students
Madison, James, 1749-1812

Administrative Information

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Acquisition Note
 Source: Charles Taylor.
Related Materials
Faculty-Alumni File Collection, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library
Preferred Citation
Benjamin Crowninshield Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
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