December 28th, 1871

One of Williams’s favorite sayings is born: “The ideal college is Mark Hopkins on one end of a log and a student on the other.”

At the annual dinner of the Williams Alumni Association James A. Garfield waxes rhapsodic about former President Mark Hopkins’s impact on education at the college. As no one is taking notes, we are uncertain of the exact words Garfield uses. The saying, however, is soon coined: “The ideal college is Mark Hopkins on one end of a log and a student on the other.”