December 28th, 1871

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