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The Class of 1867


Under the titlie "A Notable Yale Vol-
■," the Oakland DAILY T-RIBUNE
j^Jias the followang:

', The Jiartford (Conn.) Courant, owned
|by United States Senator Joseph R. Haw-
fjay, 'iiiakts this deiscriiJtion of tl;e Vigen^
|ttiMiial Yale Class Book of 1S67:
I "A model claps book is that of thA class
top IS'tIT, Yale, which ha; - b«; ?n preiJared by
,tht secretary, William H. Morise, now of
^ihe Cons:re.-is;onaI Library at .Washington.
..To the observer ^he n\ interesting fea-
tture i-! the illustratiosis. The secretary
nap -grouped on each page two half-tone
picttire.'-'; ome of the tOa.ssmate as he ap-
pe/ired when his picture was taken in
1867, and the other as he looks ir his latest
i:p-to-date photograph. It is the before-
■ Ri'd-alfter taking of the experience of life,
and it is a most intere-sling study even to
/thope who do not know the mief."
; "The clas.s secretary, Mr. Morse, was
•aided in this sumptuous fe-jture of his
work by his classmates, the Hon. Wil-
liam B. Davenpart of Brooklyn. Congress-
man Thomas Hedge oif Burlington, Iowa
and United Slates Senator George Pea-
body AVetmore of Rhode Island. Among
•the physiognomies thus portrayed in this
interesting fashion aie those of J-udge
James M. Allen, counsel tor the Bank of
California amd the Sharon estate, of Con-
gressman Francis G. Newlands of San
I-rancisco, Nevada and iWa-shlngton^ D.
C.. and of Henry A. Chittenden of this

"In the group 'also of Yale men who
have attained prominence are William
:Henry Bishop, the novelist, now occupy-
ing the chair of lyiterature and Romance
Languages in Yale; ex- Judge and ex-
( Rr.'iert De Fore.-,t O^ Bridge-
port. Connecticut: Hon. James G. Flami-
ers, the leader of the Wi.sconsin .bar; the
late Judge John Showalter of Chicago-
Oeorge Adee. recognized by Yale of men
ol all generations as the "Father of Vale

/"'*,l'.',?^'" ^'I'^l Nelson P. Hulst, Ph D
of Milwaukee, one of the most eminent
metallurgLsts of the country and the most
successful iron mine expe.rt and own^r of
our Central West.


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' So may we come for many a year,

Through smiles and tears with spirits blithe —
A loyal band of classmates dear,
Till Time for us hangs up his scythe."

{Bruce' s poetn at Vigintennial.)


My Dear Classmates:

If any apology is necessary for the long delay incident to the preparation of
the "Trigintennial" Record, a word as to its arrangement will convince you that
time and labor have been the two important factors in accomplishing the work.

The previous Class Records, published in 1870, '73, 'yy and '87, have been al-
most entirely revised, to admit of interesting Class data and items.

The order of arrangement in the biographical sketch of each member em-
braces :

(a) The name of his father and mother, and the place and time of his birth.

(b) Where he fitted for College.

(c) A short sketch of his Ancestry.

(d) What occupation he has been engaged in since graduating or leaving
the Class, up to the present time.

(e) His marriage, the birth of children, what schools they attended, etc.
Also the deaths that have occurred in his family.

(f) The College Societies he belonged to, and the honors and rank he ob-
tained while in College.

The photographs of each member, so far as I have been able to obtain them,
form an important feature of the book.

The plan of having two photographs of each member on one page, the one
representing him as he looked when he graduated and the other as he now looks,
had its origin with the Class of '62, and our Committee adopted their idea.

If the record shall prove as interesting to you as it has to me during its
preparation; if in perusing its pages fond memory shall recall many a forgotten
circumstance or event in the lives of your Classmates — it will more than repay


or THS




The Class of 1867 entered Yale College Wednesday, September i6th, 1863. with one hundred
and thirty-eight members, representing twenty-five different States, the District of Columbia, Danish West
Indies, and one foreign country.

During the Freshman year eight others joined the Class, making the whole number one hundred and
forty-six Oi these, two — Bartlett and Darling — died; and nineteen left during the first year.

The one hundred and twenty-five who survived to commence Sophomore year were joined by six
others, increasing our number to one hundred and thirty-one. Of these additions, two were suspended
for one year and one was dropped from the roll. Thirty-five, in all, left during our second year, so that
after Biennial the Class only numbered, all told, with additions and losses, ninety-six.

At the close of Sophomore year we suffered a severe loss in the death of Second Lieutenant Edwin
C. Pratt, of the Eighth U. S. Colored Infantry, who left us early in the Spring of 1865, to join the Union
forces. He died from exposure in front of Petersburg on the 3d of July, 1865. He was a man of high
intellectual powers, and gave promise of a bright future.

At the commencement of Junior year, by the addition of twelve men, we numbered just one hundred
and eight, but at the close we lost seven, including one more by death — Harpin Meigs I-um, who was acci-
dentally drowned while on his Summer vacation at Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, August 30th, 1866.

Senior year found us numbering one hundred and one members, and we had not more than entered
upon the year when the news reached us of the death of Samuel Dyer Allen, who had left us in June, 1866.
Ill-health caused him to seek the Burning Springs of West Virginia, and while there he was stricken down
with typhoid fever and died December 14th, 1866. This was the fifth death the Class had sustained during
our four years' course. One entered the Class and two left during the year.

On the i8th of July, 1867, one hundred members of the Class received the degree of B. A.
Four who left us during the course have since received the Academic degree of A. M. from Yale, and
have been enrolled with the Class, making our total on the Triennial one hundred and four.

Besides the one hundred and thirty-eight who entered Freshman year, additions increased the
whole number to one hundred and sixty-five, and of the one hundred who graduated in 1867, eighty-one
entered at the beginning of the course.

There are about thirty-five, or about one-third of the Class, whose fathers and brothers were College
graduates. Of the fathers who had sons in '67, eleven received the degree of B. A., while sixteen graduate*
and six non-graduates have had brothers in '67.

The whole number connected with the Class during the four years' course was 165. Of these Phil-
lips Academy, Andover, furnished twenty-one, Hopkins Grammar School ten. General Russell's Military
Academy seven, Williston Seminary, Easthampton, twelve. The following institutions sent four: Guilford,
Institute, Connecticut; Overheiser's Institute, Brooklyn, N. Y. ; Hopkins Grammar School, Hartford, Conn ;
and Claverack Institute, Hudson, N. Y. The following sent three: New Haven High School, Worcester
High School; Stanmore School, Sandy Springs, Md.

The following sent one: Edwards Place School, Stockbridge, Mass.; Washington Academy, Salem,
Mass.; Roxbury Latin School; Bridgeport Academy, Conn.; Woodward High School, Cincinnati, O. ; West
Branch High School, Jersey Shore, Pa.; Western University of Pennsylvania; Mt. Pleasant Academy, Sing
Sing, N. Y. ; Lind University, Lake Forest, 111.; Kenosha High School, Wis.; Brooklyn Polytechnic; Cleve-
land Central High School, O. ; Troy High School, N. Y. ; New Hampshire Conference Seminary; Mays-
ville Seminary, Ky. ; Knox College, Galesburg, 111. ; Oberlin College, O. ; Easton Academy, Conn. ; Massillon
Union School, O. ; Wesleyan University, O.; Peekskill Military Academy, N. Y. ; Wabash College, Ind.;
Golden Hill Institute, Bridgeport, Conn.; Westminster College, New Wilmington, Pa.; Dayton Central High
School, O. ; Weymouth High School, Old Lyme, Conn.; Erie Academy, Pa.; Moravia Institute, N. Y.; Nash-
ville High School, Tenn. ; Lawrenceville Academy, N. J.; Lowville Academy, N. Y. ; and a few others.

Some forty or forty-five of the Class received private instruction.

The Class recited during its college course to twelve professors and six tutors. Of these, ten pro-
fessors and one tutor have died, leaving at this date only five tutors and two professors surviving.

During Freshman year the Class recited Greek to Professor Hadley, Latin to Tutor A. W. Wright,
Euclid to Tutor Nolen, Algebra and Latin Prose composition to Tutor Wilcox, and History to Tutor Wheeler.

Sophomore year: Greek to Tutor Wheeler and Professor Packard, Latin to Tutor Gibbs, Mathematics
— all branches — to Professor Newton, Rhetoric to Professor Northrop, Lectures on Elocution by Professor
Bailey, and Lectures in the Laboratory by Professor Loomis.

Junior year: Natural Philosophy to Tutor Gibbs, Latin to Professor Thacher, English History to Pro-
fessor Northop, Greek to Tutor Dexter, Calculus to Professor Newton, German and French to Professor
W. D. Whitney, Logic to Professor Porter, and Astronomy to Professor Loomis.

Senior year: Political Economy, Guizot's History of Civilization, Lieber's Civil Liberty, Butler's An-
alogy, Law of Nations, Constitution of the United States, to Professor Woolsey; Moral Science, Hamilton's
Metaphysics, Law of Love and Love as a Law, Paley's Evidences of Christianity, to Professor Porter;
Geology to Professor Dana; Chemistry to Professor Silliman, Jr., and Professor Barker; Anatomical Lec-
tures by Professor Sanford.

Those living at this writing are Professors Bailey and Northrop and Tutors Dexter, Gibbs, Wheeler,
Wilcox and Wright.


On Friday, September 25, 1863, the Class was duly initiated into the Freshman Societies, Kappa Sigma
Epsilon, Delta Kappa, and Gamma Nu, by '66. By far the larger number joined the first two societies,
though the "open" society contained, as was shown during our College course, some of our best men.

We started in right by organizing a temperance society, in which the following pledge was drawn
up and signed by some eighty members of the Class:

" We, members of the Class of '67, pledge ourselves, upon our solemn oath, not to drink intoxicating
liquors throughout our College Course.".

On January 28th, 1864, the first death occurred. Melzar Franklin Bartlett died of brain fever. Ap-
propriate resolutions were drawn up by a Committee of the Class, a copy of which was sent to the family of
the deceased.

The 22d of February, 1864, was marked by a general uprising on the part of the Sophomores and
Freshmen; it was a bit of a rebellion against the Faculty, taking the form of an almost unanimous "cut"
of recitations. Twenty marks apiece to the Sophomores and eight to the Freshmen was the penalty.

In July. 1864, occurred two boat races between Harvard and Yale, at Worcester, on Lake Quin-
sigamond. The Sophomore race took place first, in which Yale was defeated.

The University race, which occurred just after, resulted in a well earned victory for Yale in 19 min.
I sec.

The Class voted to resurrect the old institution termed "Pow Wow," which celebrates the transition
from the Freshman "Grub" to the Sophomore Locust.




But all efforts were at once quashed by "the pow-ers that be."

On June 14, 1864, Clarence Darling died of typhoid fever; his was the second death the Class sus-
tained during its College course. Appropriate resolutions were drawn up by a Committee of the Class, a
copy of which was sent to the family of the deceased.


During this year we had more than the average encounters and contests, as a Class, with the Fresh-
men. We endeavored, in every case, to take care of them, but in one or two of the "High Street" rushes
we found the Freshmen abundantly able to take care of themselves. Shortly after the opening of the term
we had a Class picture taken on the steps of the old State House.

Our Class founded a new Sophomore society, called the "Phi Theta Psi." One of the Society's songs.
"Amici usque ad aras" (composed by C. H. G. ), ranks among the popular songs of the College to-day.
The Presidential contest occurred this year, and the political arena was ablaze with mass meetings and torch
light processions. A canvass of the Class resulted in one hundred and seven votes for Lincoln and twenty-
six for McClellan.

On Thanksgiving Day, November 24th, 1864, occurred the death of Professor Benjamin Silliman, LL.D.,
in the 86th year of his age. For nearly sixty years he was the acknowledged head of all our philosophers
in Natural Science in this country. His funeral occurred on the 28th, at the Center Church, and was at-
tended by the members of our Class. President Woolsey delivered the discourse.

In February, 1865, Lieutenant Thomas Hedge was presented with a sword and belt by his former
Classmates of '66. He enlisted as a private in the io6th N. Y. Volunteers, and was subsequently honored
with a lieutenant's commission. Mr. James Brand, of '66, made the presentation speech.

Our Class had the last Sophomore Biennial, as '65 had the last Senior Biennial. In the Jubilee that
followed this examination we illustrated our Class motto, Kijp eV /ai'a 666? , by taking iwo ways, one part
of the Class going to Savin Rock, the other to Guilford Point.

On the 3d of July Lieutenant Edwin C. Pratt, who left us early in the Spring, died. This was the
third death we sustained during our College course.

This year the famous Yale six-oared crew, under Stroke Wilbur Bacon of '65, defeated the Harvard*
ir a three-mile race, in the fastest time on record — 17 min. 42 1-2 sec.


In the early Fall the Class was well represented in the boating interests of the College. Two of the
Class sat in the University Boat.

Our Class contributed largely to the enjoyment of the Thanksgiving Jubilee, which proved to be the
last one ever given by the students. Elliot furnished an operetta, entitled "The Old, Old Story," Tom
Hedge an ode, and the Secretary introduced different members of the Faculty to the audience. The last farce
on the programme, however, was too much for the better sentiment of the College community, and the
Faculty abolished the time-honored institution.

Only once since then has it been revived. In 1878 the graduates residing in New York City and
vicinity held a Jubilee at the Union League Club Theatre, now known .is the University Club.

On the 25th of November, 1865, the first number of the Yale "Courant" was issued under the editor-
«hip of C. C. Chatfield, of '66, with Buckingham. Davenport, L. Hall and Smyth as assistants. This was an
enterprise that proved in many ways of great advantage to the College. It supplied a long-felt need amons?
the students, containing all the College news from week to week, and by its spicy articles and just criticisms
it rounded off many a sharp corner in College politics and customs.

At the commencement of the year, on January 20th, 1866, the Class elected Bruce, DuBois, Dunning,
Hartshorn and Woodward editors of the "Yale Lit." Under their management the magazine thrived and
the articles contributed were of more than usual merit and excellence.

During the same month the Class voted for their Cochlaureati or Spoonmen, selecting the men from
the three Junior Societies, Psi Upsilon, Delta Kappa Epsilon, and Alpha Delta Phi. Three from each of
these societies were chosen, as follows: B. Allen, Goodman and Stoddard from Psi Upsilon; Adee, Bissell
and Reynolds from Delta Kappa Epsilon; J. M. Allen, Hulst and G. P. Sheldon from Alpha Delta Phi.

J. M. Allen was selected to receive the Wooden Spoon. The Spoon Exhibition fully endorsed the
good judgment of the Class in this selection.

During the latter part of the month of May, Flanders, Bishop, DeForest and Hulst were chosen As-
sistant editors of the "Yale Courant" for the coming year.

Xone can forget the visit from Daniel Pratt, the "Great American Traveler," as he used to style him-
self, and his oratorical speeches that he was wont to make on the Old State House steps. Prof. Bailey
told us that we would do well to imitate him. No matter on what subject "Daniel" would deliver himself —
whether on the "Beacon of Light or Mental Mirror," or on the "Cartesion Corpuscularian and Peripatetic
Philosophies"' — he always had the same way of ending up: "Let posterity inscribe it in monumental brass,
that no such orator has spoken since the days of Balaam's Ass."


The Class had only just assembled at the College to commence the studies of the last year when the
news reached us of the death of Harpin Meigs Lum, who was accidentally drowned August 30th, 1866, at
Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. This was the fourth death the Class was called upon to bear during its College
course Appropriate resolutions were drawn up by a Class Committee, a copy of which was forwarded to
tlie family of the deceased.

During the Fall of the year the Class was well represented in the boating interests of the College.
"Lam" Palmer, as stroke of the "Glyuna," made the Harbor races in the Spring and Fall of '66 in the fast-
est time on record.

Death seemed to follow us, for hardly had we passed the Fall before word was brought to us of the
death of Samuel Dyer Allen, who left us the preceding June. He died December 14th, 1866, of typhoid
fever. This made the fifth and last death we were called upon to sustain as a Class during the course. Ap-
propriate resolutions were drawn up by a Class Committee, a copy of which was sent to the family of the

During the second term. Senior Year, after a close vote, John W. Showalter was chosen Class Orator
and William H. Bishop Class Poet.

In May these subjects for the Townsend Compositions were given out to the Class:

I. Modern English Poetry, compared with the Poetry of the Seventeenth Century.

II. The power of ideas contrasted with the power of individual men.

III. The effects of the Puritan Rebellion on the English Constitution.

IV. The future of Russia.

As many as twenty-five or thirty members of the Class competed. The successful competitors were
Burrell, Dunning, Hedge, H. Sheldon, Vincent and Woodward.

On the 24th of June the speaking for the DeForest Gold Medal occurred. Burrell and Dunning spoke
on subject I, the others on II. At the conclusion of the speaking the medal was awarded to Burrell.

Class day was June 26th, 1867. At 10 A. M. in the College Chapel the Class assembled and listened
to a poem by Bishop, followed by an oration, entitled "The Educated Man as a Citizen," delivered by
Showalter. At its conclusion a parting ode, composed by C. L. Allen, was sung.

At 2.30 P. M., on the Campus, in front of Old South Middle College, the Class formed a circle and lis-
tened to the historians of the several divisions as they traced the individual peculiarities of each member.
The Historians were Chittenden, Elliot, Kitchel and Spencer. Without disparagement to any of the others,
Chittenden produced the best history that has ever been delivered on an occasion of this kind. So far as
the Secretary is aware, only one member of the Class has fulfilled the predictions made of him at that time,
for on each reunion of the Class since graduation he has not failed to voice the sentiments and teachings
of the Faculty.

The sky was overcast, the air moist, but it was in keeping with the feelings of the Class on that day
of farewell, when every eye was tearful. After planting the Class Ivy and serenading the different mem-
bers of the Faculty, '67 closed its College career.


Compared with other classes, '67 in scholarship had the "Golden Mean." The ability of the Class was
well distributed. The interest in the prize debates was kept up better than in either the Class preceding or
the Class following ours. About 30 men competed for the "Townsends," an unprecedented number. Our
Valedictorian took the highest stand ever taken at Yale up to the time we graduated..

The Class' age (aggregate) was 2,246 years, 11 months and 4 days; average age at Presentation day,
22 years, 2 months, 28.6 days. The youngest man (H. G. Landis) was 19 years, 22 days; the oldest man
(G. R. Carrington) was 29 years, 8 months, i day. The Class birthday is the 27th of March, 1845. The
total height of '67 was 569 feet, 3 inches; average height, 5 feet, 7.64 inches.

The shortest man was T. Greenwood, 5 feet, 2 inches; the tallest men were E. W. Clarke, G. P. Shel-
don, J. \y. Showalter and H. Weston, each of whom measured 6 feet i inch.

The total weight of the Class was 14,484 lbs.; average, 143.4 lbs. The heaviest man (G. P. Sheldon),
187 lbs.; the lightest (E. Robinson), 115 lbs.

At time of graduation only one wore spectacles, while eight used glasses.

Of the men whose fathers were College graduates, Spencer and VVetmore's fathers and the father
of Wetmore's wife were classmates at Union College in the Class of '22. The fathers of Beecher and
Brainerd were classmates at Yale in the Class of '22. Johnston and Seymour's fathers were classmates at
Vale in 1835, while Tallman's father was in the Class of 1837.

While a number of the Class had fathers or brothers who had graduated from Yale or been connected
with other colleges, five of the Class were especialy prominent in this respect:

The Secretary heads the list with a grandfather, father, two uncles, three brothers, six nephews and
one cousin.

Adee and Kitchel come next, the former having four brothers and a son, while the latter has three
brothers and two nephews. Taft had a father and four brothers, while Coe had a father, uncle and two

The Class graduated on July 18, 1867, with 64 appointments, embracing 4 Philosophical, 7 High Ora-
tions, 11 Orations, 12 Dissertations, 10 Disputes and 20 Colloquies.

With the exception of the Valedictorian, no remarkable individual high stand was taken, but the
average scholarship of the Class, including the appointment men and those who failed to receive appoint-
ments, was better than that of many of the Classes that had preceded ours. While we had few high-honor
men, we also had few low-stand men.


E. W. Clarke, Private Sixth Oliio Battery.

Ira S. Dodd, Sergeant Twenty-sixth New Jersey Infantry.

Geo. Eastburn, Corporal Eleventh Pennsylvania Militia.

Brown H. Emerson, Private Delaware Infantry (100 days).

T. Greenwood, Clerk in Commissary Department.

T. Hedge, Second Lieutenant in io6th New York Infantry.

Edwin C. Pratt, Second Lieutenant Eighth U. S. Colored Infantry.

Benjamin Smith, Private Forty-fifth Pennsylvania Infantry.

Franklin M. Sprague, Captain Eleventh Connecticut Infantry.

Ebenezer F. Stoddard, Second Corporal Fifth Ohio Infantry.

C. S. Walker, Private 137th Ohio Infantry.



In the Spring of 1870 circulars of invitation to the reunion were sent to all members of the Class,
graduate and non-graduate.

In response to this invitation, the members began to assemble in New Haven as early as the 13th of
July, and from that day to the 20th, the date of the reunion, they continued to arrive in large numbers until,
on the evening of July 20th, 1870, just sixty-seven members, graduate and non-graduate, had assembled in
the city, as follows:

Graduates. — Adams, Adee, T. Allyn, Beecher, Bliss, Bishop, Bissell, Brainerd, Brother, A. B. Brown, L.
T. Brown, Cannon, J. H. Chapman, Chittenden, A. S. Clark, Coe, Collins, Comstock, Davenport, Day, De-
Forest, Dexter, Dunning, Eddy, Elliot, Goodman, Greenwood, Hart, Hartshorn, Hedge, Hulst, Jennings,
Johnston, Keeler, Lamb, Landis, Merriam, Morgan, Morse, Xolen, Payne, Peck, Porter, Robinson, G. P.
Sheldon, H. C. Sheldon, B. Smith, Spencer, Stedman, Stoddard, Swan, Taft, Tallman, C. S. Walker, H. W.
Walker, Warren, Wild, Wilson — 59.

Xon-Graduates. — Bigler, Bishop, Budington, Cleveland, Durfee, Fowler, Spraguc, Van Schoon-
hoven — 8. Total — 67.


At 12 M. of the 20th a business meeting was held in the President's Lecture-room. Payne was
chosen chairman. Eliot, acting as secretary, nominated Spencer to preside at the supper. This was ratified

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