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August, 1877, when he accepted the Professorship of Obstetrics and Diseases of Women and
Children at the Starling Medical College, Columbus, Ohio. He was the author of a treatise
entitled "How to Use the Forceps," published in 1880.

He was a member of the American Medical Association, the Pathological Society of
Philadelphia, and at the time of his death was Professor in the aforementioned College.


The following account the Secretary takes from a medical journal which has been fur-
nished him, relative to the death of Mr. Landis, the account being from a physician and resi-
dent of Columbus, Ohio, where the deceased resided at the time of his death :

" On the 22nd of May last, 1886, at his father's house, in Chestnut Hill, near Philadelphia,
Harry Gardner Landis died. Although it was known that he was failing rapidly, and that his
death was only a question of time, yet to those who knew him and loved him the news came
with a great shock. Naturally brilliant and extremely well educated. Dr. Landis was a man who
had already won an enviable position for himself, and had his life been spared for further
study and work, would have gained an undying fame. Born in Philadelphia in 1848, had he
lived until the 4th of June, he would have completed his thirty-eighth year. To few men it is
given to accomplish so much when so young, to be so well known to the world of medicine,
and at the same time to be so well read in general literature, English history and Biblical

" His parents came from old Philadelphia families, and though his mother died when
he was a small boy, yet his stepmother, the sister of Gen. Reynolds, the hero of Gettysburg,
filled her place, and the affection he felt and manifested for her was extremely touching.

"Sent to Lawrenceville, N. J., to school, he went from there to Yale College, at the age of
15, and was graduated when but 19 years old, the youngest man in a class of one hun-
dred and one. Deciding to study medicine, in company with Dr. J. C. Wilson, of
Philadelphia, he was entered as student in the office of Dr. W. W. Keen, and attended lectures
at the Jefferson Medical College. For two years after his graduation he was in the laboratory
of Dr. S. Weir Mitchell at the old 'Chant Street School of Anatomy,' and while there fostered
and cultivated those habits and tastes for the study of nature of every form, which were after-
wards so characteristic of the man. An inmate at Blockley Hospital for the allotted term,
he began to devote his time and attention to that branch of medicine which was his specialty
and in connection with which his name will ever be remembered — gynecology. In 1871 he re-
moved to Ohio and settled at Niles, in Trumbull County, practicing medicine in partnership
with Dr. Leitch. In 1877, at the advice and through the influence of Dr. Loving, he came
to Columbus as the Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics in Starling College. Of his
ability and wit as a lecturer there is no necessity to speak, for those who have attended his
lectures can recall more vividly than any pen can describe his inimitable manner, the stores
of learning which seemed to flow so easily from his well-trained mind, his caustic satire, and
quick discernment. But it was not as a lecturer merely that Dr. Landis excelled. He was a
ready and admirable writer, and he is known to the medical world by his magazine articles
and papers, as well as by his books. His first work was 'How to Use the
Forceps,' then followed 'Quiz Compend' on Obstetrics,' and his last volume,
written when his health was failing, and finished before his final illness, has
just been published. Those who were his friends knew how patiently he worked, when every
breath was drawn with pain, and he was so feeble that he could hardly sit at his desk. Although
he never lived to see the result of his efforts, yet his masterly treatise on the 'Management of

Labor' will be his most enduring monument. In 1883 he was a delegate to the American
Association, which met at Cleveland, and one of the readers in the Gynecological Section.
In 1884 he delivered the address before the Alumni Association of Jefferson Medical College
the subject of which was 'The Need of General Culture for the Physician.' And there was
no man who ever gave a better example of that polish, culture and literary accomplishment
than Dr. Landis. A Bible scholar of no mean order, his Greek Testament was his con-
stant companion, and there was not a single theological question, not a single theory, with
which he was not acquainted. In fact, a clergyman would have to 'verify his references' very
carefully before he discussed theology with him. A great admirer of Plato, he had studied
the 'Republic' so thoroughly that he could quote from it with perfect freedom. The whole
range of English Literature and History was familiar to him, and in the back of his copy of
'Green's History' is pasted a table of the English Sovereigns, which he made in some leisure
moments, to show that Queen Victoria is a lineal descendant of Alfred the Great. An ento-
mologist of a very high grade, his collection of Lepidoptera and Coleoptera filled a large case
that stood in his office. A painter in oil, a woodcarver and a photographer, some of his work
was perfectly exquisite. In fact, he was one of those rare men who do everything well, and
to the little circle of intimate friends, the band of chosen spirits of which he was the leading
figure, his early death will ever be a cause of sorrow, while to that larger world which knows
him in his writings and publications, it will always be a source of regret that he who had
begun so well and given such signs of genius, had not been spared to follow the path which he
had marked out for himself."

He was married to Elizabeth B. Hafey at Philadelphia, Pa., April 9, 1871.


Henry Robert Murray, born February 3d, 1872, Niles, Ohio.


Brothers and Alpha Delta Phi.


Frank Libbey, son of Joseph and Louisa (Myers) Libbey was born at Georgetown, D.
C, January 20th, 1847.

He fitted for College (Yale) under Francis Miller at Sandy Spring, Md., and entered
the Class of '67 in the Fall of 1863.

His father was a merchant engaged in the lumber business. On both the paternal and
maternal side of the house his ancestors were soldiers in the Revolutionary War. His great-
grandfather on his mother's side, John De Mier, enlisted at Albany, N. Y., in the War of the
Revolution, and on his father's side hjs grandfather, John Libbey, fought during the early part
of the Revolution and served in the attack on Ticonderoga at 16 years of age.

Has been engaged since graduation in the lumber business, residing at Georgetown, and
more recently at Washington, D. C.


The firm name was at first Willett & Libbey, then Libbey, Bittinger & Miller, and is now
Frank Libbey & Co.

Was married to Emma Valient at Washington, D. C, March 22, 1876.


Clara, born April 15th, 1877, Washington, D. C. ; died April 19th, 1877, Washington, D. C.
Ethel, born June 5, 1878, Washington, D. C.
Emily May, born June 15th, 1880, Washington, D. C.
Florence, born August 25th, 1882, Washington. D. C.


Brothers, Gamma Nu, D. K. E. and Skull and Bones. Second Prize Brothers Freshman
Prize Debate; second Dispute.



Matthew Darbyshire Mann, son of Charles A. and Emma (Bagg) Mann, was born
at Utica, N. Y., July 12th, 1845.

He fitted for college at Rome, N. Y., under S. H. Smith.

His father was a graduate of Fairfield Academy, N. Y. He studied law and practiced his
profession in Utica till his death. On his father's and mother's side of the house his ances-
tors are of New England stock and came over from England about 1640.

After graduating traveled in the West for some time. On his return he studied law
three months at Utica and then went to New York City and studied medicine, receiving the
degree of M. D. in 1870 from the College of Physicians and Surgeons. He then continued
to practice in New York City till April 3, 1872, when he went to Europe, where he continued
the study of medicine in Vienna. In the Fall of 1873 he returned to New York City, where
he continued to practice until May, 1879, holding the position of lecturer in the College of


Physicians and Surgeons. He then removed to Hartford, Conn., and practiced there for
three years, practicing only as a specialist in diseases of women.

In 1879 he was appointed Clinical Lecturer on diseases of women in the ^Medical Depart-
ment of Yale College, and held this position two years, and then resigned. In December, 1881,
was asked to deliver a course of lectures on Obstetrics and Diseases of Women in the Medi-
cal Department of the University of Buffalo, N. Y. At the end of the course he was invited to
take the Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology in this University, which offer was accepted, and
in May, 1882. he removed, with his family, to Buffalo. N. Y. He has been very successful in
his practice. Author of "Manual of Prescription Writing" (New York, 1878), and numerous
articles on Gynecology, Associate Editor of "Archives of Medicine," 1879-81 ; "Medical Press
of Western New York" since 1883.

Was married to Elizabeth Pope. St. Paul, Minn., Nov. nth, 1869.

Helen, born September 12th. 1870, St. Paul, Minn. ; died September 3d. 1887, St. Paul

Ethel, born January 19th. 1873. Vienna. Austria.

Edward Cox. born September 5th. 1874. New York City.

Emma, born August 12th. 1876. Keyport. N. J. ; died February 28th. 1877.

Arthur Sitgreaves. born August i8th, 1878. Buffalo, N. Y.

Paul Ford, born February 12th. 1881. Buffalo, N. Y.

Matt D., Jr., born April nth, 1884. Buffalo. N. Y.

Allen Newhall. born July 3d. 1886. Buffalo. N. Y.

Ethel Mann married Harlow C. Curtiss. June 18. 1896: has a daughter. Elizabeth, bom
March 27th, 1897.

Edward Cox was prepared for college and entered the Class of '99 at Cornell, but took
out an honorable dismissal after two years' study, and before graduation, and entered the Buf-
falo University Medical School, where he will graduate in the Class of 1901.

Arthur Sitgreaves fitted for Yale and entered the Class of '99, graduating with that class.

Paul Ford is in the Senior Class of St. Paul's School at Concord, N. Y.

The other children are at school in Buffalo, N. Y.


Brothers, Delta Kappa and Psi Upsilon. First Colloquy.


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James Fiske Merriam, son of George and Abbey (Fiske) Merriam, was born at Spring-
field, Mass., May 2, 1845.

He fitted for College (Yale) under Dr. J. H. Raymond at the Brooklyn Polytechnic Insti-
tute, and entered the Class of '67 in 1863.

His father was a printer by occupation and became the joint owner, with his brother
Charles, and later his brother Homer, of the copyright of Webster's Dictionary from 1843 to
his death in 1880. Although at his death he left an estate worth upwards of half a million
his business did not command so intense an energy as did his domestic and religious life. In-
comparably his most lively memories of his childhood connection with him are those of his
ardent omnipresent solicitude that his children develop trustworthy character.

His mother. Abbey Fiske, was a daughter of Rev. John Fiske, of New Braintree.
Mass. She was born into an atmosphere of intelligence, had a world of good sense, and fully
shared the religious convictions of her father.


After graduation he spent the first three years in studying theology in New Haven, Conn.,
and Andover, Mass. In 1870-71 he accepted a call to become the pastor of the Congregational
Church at Farmington, Conn. In the Winter of 1872-73 typhoid fever compelled him to stop
all work. During the year 1874 he was in New Haven, Conn., until October. He then
traveled abroad for his health and spent most of the years 1875-76 in Europe with his family.
He was agent of the Lombard Investment Co. since 1875; contributor to the "Christian
Union," Springfield "Republican," etc. In the Fall of 1876 he accepted a call from the Indian
Orchard Congregational Church in Springfield, Mass. Spent the whole year of 1881 in Cali-
fornia and the year 1882 in Montclair, N. J. His health, which has from time to time been
poor, he writes, is now much improved.

He is living at Springfield, Mass., where he says he will always be glad to see his class-

He has traveled a great deal for his health, spent the Winter of 1896 in Los Vegas, New
Mexico. He then came East and settled in Wallingford, Conn., for a short time.

He was married to Charlotte E. Sprague, of Hudson, N. Y., April 7, 1869.


Helen Sprague, born September 7th, 1870, Farmington. Conn.
Bessie Sprague, born March 27th, 1872. Farmington, Conn.

Both his daughters were educated at Miss Porter's School in Farmington, Conn., and
Mrs. Piatt's at Utica, N. Y.


Linonia, Delta Kappa, Phi Theta Psi, Psi Upsilon and Skull and Bones. First prize
English Composition second term Sophomore, and First prize Freshman Prize Debate Linonia.
Phi Beta Kappa — Dissertation.



* James Alexander Moore, son of William and Eliza Whitley (Graydon) Moore, was
born at Fredericksted, St. Croix, Danish West Indies, April 28th, 1846, and died November
29th, 1898, at Helena, Mont.

He fitted for college (Yale) under Jas. McElligott, in New York City, and entered the
Class of '67 in the Summer of 1863.

After graduation he was in business in St. Croix, Danish West Indies, for several years.
He left the West Indies in 1879 and came to New York City to study medicine. He grad-
uated at the Bellevue Hospital Medical College, New York City, in 1883, and practiced there
until 1893. He then removed to Helena, Mont., where he practiced his profession till his
death. November 29th, 1898.

The Secretary is informed that he married a widow and had one child, who died a few
months after its birth ; his wife also died shortly after the birth of his child.



Brothers, Delta Kappa, Delta Beta Chi and D. K. E.


*Charles Leslie Morgan, son of Capt. Elisha E. and Eliza Ann (Robinson) Morgan,
was born in New York City, May 31st, 1847. Died in New York City, May loth, 1895.

He fitted for College (Yale) under Dr. Salmon McCall at Saybrook, Conn., and entered
the Class of '67 in the Fall of 1863.

Elisha Ely Morgan, father of Charles Leslie Morgan, was born in Old Lynne, Conn. For
a time he commanded one of the famous fast clipper ships, sailing between New York and
Liverpool, and on two occasions or more his ship was taken by Joseph Bonaparte, ex-King of
Spain, for the exclusive use of himself and suite. A warm friendship resulted from this
voyaging together, and Capt. Morgan also had the pleasure of including Thackeray, Dickens,
Sir Edwin Landseer, Charles Leslie and many other Royal Academicians among his dear and
intimate friends. About the time that clipper ships were superseded by steamships Capt.
Morgan withdrew from active service and established the shipping house of E. E. Morgan,

which in time was managed bj' Capt. Morgan's sons. His wife was ^liss Eliza Robinson, of
Petersburg, Va., who was educated abroad and was married on her return from school at
the age of eighteen.

On graduation, Charles Leslie Morgan engaged in the shipping and commission business
founded by his father and continued by his brother, William D. Morgan (Yale, '58), and by
his own integrity and fidelity maintained the traditional reputation of the well-known firm
which he represented. He died, after a two weeks' illness, at his country home, Great Neck,
L. I., from paralysis, on May loth. 1895, at the age of 48.

His firm was for many years at 70 South street, New York City, but in 1892 the address
was changed to 33 South William street.

He was married May 17th, 1877, to Lucy P., daughter of the Hon. John Allen, of Say-
brook. Conn.


Leslie Allen, bom March 4th, 1878, Saybrook, Conn.
Mary Phelps, born June loth. 1879, Saybrook, Conn.
Eliza Robinson, born April 21st, 1881. Saybrook, Conn.


Linonia, "Sigma Eps," Phi Theta Psi and Psi Upsilon.


William Henry Morse, son of Richard Cary Morse (Yale, 1812) and Sarah Louisa
(Davis) Morse, was born in New York City, January 26th, 1846.

He fitted for college (Yale) at Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass., under Dr. S. H. Tay-
lor and entered the Class of '67 in the Fall of 1863.

He is in the seventh generation from Anthony Morse, who came over to this country
in 1635 from Marlboro, England, and settled in Newbury, Mass. His grandfather. Rev. Jede-
diah Morse, Congregational Minister at Charlestown, Mass., was the author of the first
Geography published in America — called the father of the American Geography — and his wife.
Elizabeth Breeze, was the granddaughter of Samuel Finley, the fifth President of Princeton
College. His uncle, S. E. Morse (Yale, 1811), and his father were the founders of the New
York "Observer," established in 1823, the oldest Christian weekly newspaper published in the
United States. His uncle, S. F. B. Morse, was the inventor of the electric magnetic telegraph.


Upon graduation was in the book business from August 12th, 1867. to January 28th, 1868.
being in the employ of S. C. Griggs & Co.. Chicago. 111. During the Winter and Spring of
1868 he taught privately, and fitted students for college. On July 26, 1868. he returned to New
York and entered the New York University Law Department, graduating in May, 1870, and
receiving the degree of LL.B. From September, 1868, till May, 1870, was clerk in the law
office of Man & Parsons. He was admitted to the New York Bar in 1869. From 1870 to 1874
he practiced Law in New York City, and during that period he devoted much of his time to
the study of stenography.

In September, 1875, he was stricken down with a severe attack of malarial fever, which
forced him to give up all active work for six months. In September, 1876, he started out as
a stenographer and law reporter at No. 175 Broadway, New York City.

He reported the evidence in a suit brought against the city for damages in the case of
Hand vs. the Manhattan Elevated R. R. Co., where the plaintiff had lost his life. This was the
first death caused by the Elevated Railroad. The jury brought in a verdict of $5,000. He
also took the evidence in a suit against the city for damages arising from the death of a Ger-
man peddler, who was the first victim of the electric wire. He took the testimony of the
Library Experts in 1896. who were called to give their views of how the Congressional Librarj-
should be governed.

Remained at 175 Broadway until ^lay, 1879, when he removed to No. 140 Nassau street.
New York City.

In February, 1880, he was offered and accepted the position of Private Secretary to the
Treasurer of the Northern Pacific Railroad Company. Remained there until November,
1881, when he returned to 140 Nassau street and took up law reporting. In May, 1897,
through the efforts of his classmate. Senator Geo. P. Wetmore, he obtained a position in the
Congressional Library at Washington, D. C.

Was married September 24, 1879, to Louise Parish Townsend, of Greenport, L. I.

Mabel Townsend, born November 15th, 1880, Brooklyn, N. Y. ; died December 13th, 1880,
Brooklyn, N. Y.

Marie Louise Townsend, born June 27th, 1883, Brooklyn, N. Y.

Gertrude Townsend, bom November nth, 1887, Brooklyn, N. Y.

Marie Louise Townsend attends Miss A. P. Townsend's (her aunt's) school in Newark,
N. J., preparing for College. Gertrude is with her parents in Washington.


Brothers, "Sigma Eps." Phi Theta Psi, Zeta Psi. Honorary Wolf's Head 1892.



Alfred Eugene Nolen, son of George Bolten and Olive (Grossman) Nolen, was born
at Leicester, Mass., December 25th, 1845.

He fitted for College (Yale) at Andover, Mass., under Dr. S. H. Taylor, and entered the
Class of '67 in the Fall of 1863.

His ancestors came over to this country in 1750.

After graduation was instructor in the classics and higher mathematics in a school at Nor-
wich, Vt., until March, 1868. Spent the next year in reading, study and travel. In 1869 took an
advanced course at Yale during the Winter. In September, 1869, became the principal of the
High School at Wethersfield, Conn., continuing there for three years, when he went to New
Haven. Conn., to take a course in linguistics, under the direction of the Yale Faculty. He left
New Haven in September, 1873, and spent the next two years in Washington, D. C, engaged
in study, and during part of the time giving private instruction. In June, 1875, his health


broke down completely and he was obliged to go North. Upon the re-establishment of his
health he resumed teaching, and in September, 1876, he became Principal of the High School
at Winchendon, Mass. In September, 1877, he went to Brookfield, Mass., and took charge of
the High School there. Resigned in June, 1879, and was engaged for the next two years in
West Brookfield, Mass., as private instructor in Greek and Latin. In September, 1881, he be-
came the classical instructor in the Fitchburg, Mass., High School, which is his address.


Brothers, Oration, Phi Beta Kappa.



* Louis Lambert Palmer, son of Captain Alexander S. and Priscilla (Dixon) Palmer,
of Stonington, Conn., was born at Westerly, R. L, July 21, 1845. Died the 31st of May, 1887.

He fitted for College (Yale) at the Berkshire Family School at Stockbridge, Mass.,
under Reid and Hoffman, and entered the Class of '67 in the Summer of 1863.

In 1868 he entered the College University Law School, and, after graduating as valedic-
torian, he commenced the practice of his profession in Chicago. For fifteen years he was at
first alone and then successively in the firms of Palmer & Colt, Palmer & Durkee, and Styles,
Lewis & Palmer. In 1884 he left Chicago and returned to his home in Stonington, Conn. He
was soon after elected a member of the Connecticut Legislature and served one term (1885-86).

He died suddenly in Stonington, May 31st, 1887. At the time of his death he was mak-
ing arrangements to resume the practice of his profession in New York.


Palmer inherited much of the strength and beauty of character of his Puritan forefathers.
Everj^hing that he did he did well and worthily. While devoting in college much time to
reading, athletics and good fellowship, he easily maintained an excellent standing in his

He was one of the best, if not the best, oarsmen in our Class. As stroke of the Glyuna
crew, which twice in the Spring and Fall of 1866 rowed the harbor course in the fastest time
on record, he distinguished himself by his skill and nerve and courage. His quiet and unas-
suming manner, his quick perception and intelligence, his energy and manliness, and his ever-
cheerful, affectionate and generous disposition, inspired not only the respect but the love of his
classmates. They were his friends throughout his life. As a lawyer he was careful, conscien-
tious, painstaking and able. Among those who helped to lay him in his grave in that quaint old
town by the sea was a classmate whom he loved, one who, on looking back through more than
twenty years of close friendship, could recall no unkind word of his and no mean action and
no truer friend. Who knew him least knew no wrong in him. Who knew him best loved hmi
best. Indeed, he had no enemy among us. His ringing laugh, however, we shall never hear
again ; his quick and friendly glance will never gladden us, but his manly bearing and his gentle
heart will ever be remembered. At our last reunion, to many an eye the lights burned dim
as the memory of our brave, gentle, true-hearted Lam. Palmer was recalled by the beautiful
toast to our dead.

"But O, for the touch of a vanish'd hand,
And the sound of a voice that is still."


Linonia, Delta Kappa, Delta Beta Chi. D. K. E. and Scroll and Key.



♦John Warren Partridge, son of Warren Partridge, M. D. (Brown University, 1824),
and Amoretta (Potter) Partridge, was born at Princeton, Mass., September 24th, 1844. Died
February 25th, 1889, at Fort Collins, Colo.

He fitted for College (Yale) at the Worcester High School under Harris B. Greene, and

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