Resolution J4527-2011

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



  • May 15, 2012: ADOPTED
  • May 8, 2012: REFERRED TO FINANCE


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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