Commemorating the Bicentennial of Hamilton College of Clinton, New York, on May 26, 2012

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commemorating the Bicentennial of Hamilton
College of Clinton, New York, on May 26, 2012

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize and
commend those exemplary institutions of higher education within the
State of New York for their enduring commitment to the pursuit of
academic excellence; and
WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to commem-
orate the Bicentennial of Hamilton College of Clinton, New York, on
Saturday, May 26, 2012; and
WHEREAS, Hamilton College was originally founded in 1793 as the Hamil-
ton-Oneida Academy, the vision of the Reverend Samuel Kirkland to
educate the children of the Oneida Indians and of the white settlers
streaming into the region in search of new opportunities in the wake of
the American Revolution; and
WHEREAS, The Hamilton-Oneida Academy was re-chartered in 1812 as
Hamilton College by the Regents of the University of the State of New
York; and
WHEREAS, Hamilton College's history has been both long and eventful
and the College has remained steadfast in its adherence to a classical
liberal arts curriculum; and
WHEREAS, Early students entering Hamilton College were expected to
enter well-prepared in Greek and Latin; throughout their stay, students
continued to receive generous instruction in those languages, as well as
in philosophy, religion, history and mathematics, with a great emphasis
on rhetoric and elocution; and
WHEREAS, In 1978, all-male Hamilton College merged with all-female
Kirkland College, which had been established 10 years earlier adjacent
to the Hamilton campus; and
WHEREAS, Today, Hamilton College proudly stands as the third oldest
college in New York, the 31st oldest college in the country, and one of
the country's most highly regarded institutions of higher education; and
WHEREAS, Hamilton College boasts numerous notable graduates from
throughout New York State, some of whom include: Elihu Root, Class of
1864, U.S. Senator, Secretary of War, Secretary of State, and Winner of
the 1912 Nobel Peace Prize; William M. Bristol, Class of 1882, Co-Found-
er, Bristol-Myers Co.; Sol M. Linowitz, Class of 1935, Ambassador to the
Organization of American States, Chairman of the Board of Xerox, Co-Neg-
otiator of the Panama Canal Treaties, and Recipient of the Presidential
Medal of Freedom; and James S. Sherman, Class of 1878, Vice President of
the United States, and U.S. Congressman; and
WHEREAS, As Hamilton College celebrates its 200th Anniversary, it
stands in fulfillment of the proud legacy of its namesake and original
trustee Alexander Hamilton and is poised for success for many years to
come; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate the Bicentennial of Hamilton College of Clinton, New York,
on May 26, 2012; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Joan Hinde Stewart, President, Hamilton College, Clinton, New


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