19th-century

December 10th, 1829

Erasmus D. Towner (Class of 1833, non-graduate) was expelled for repeatedly setting a college out-building on fire. A year later, another student confessed to kindling the fire, and the college voted to let Towner return to Williams. (Faculty Meeting Minutes)… Continue reading »

April 17th, 1822

“It was directed by the Faculty that there shall be no instrumental music at Commencement . . . or at any Exhibition except in the house, and that not more than four musicians shall be employed at Commencement, nor more than two at the Exhibitions.” (from the Records of the… Continue reading »

September 5th, 1821

Williams alumni approve the newly composed preamble and bylaws of the Society of Alumni, thereby forming the first alumni society anywhere. Williams College’s second president, Zephaniah Swift Moore, was enticed to Williamstown upon assurance by several trustees that the college would soon be moving south to more civilized surroundings. In… Continue reading »

July 17th, 1821

Zephaniah Swift Moore, second president of Williams College, resigns his presidency. Moore was enticed to Williamstown upon assurance by several trustees that the college would soon be moving south to more civilized surroundings. In a letter dated July, 1821, after the legislature found it neither “lawful nor expedient” to grant… Continue reading »

February 1st, 1820

The Massachusetts Legislature refuses the petition of the President and Trustees to remove Williams College to Northampton. “… The Committee pray leave to state, that they do most highly appreciate, and most profoundly respect the motives of the petitioners; these are unquestionably founded in a truly honorable, and elevated desire,… Continue reading »

November 2nd, 1819

Zephaniah Swift Moore, second president of Williams College, and the Trustees petition the Massachusetts General Court to move Williams College to Northampton. Continue reading »