Dartmouth College and
the Hartshorn Alumni.

From 1813 to the present day, Hartshorns have attended and graduated from Dartmouth. To understand why Dartmouth is still a college, rather than a university, goes back the New Hampshire motto; "Live Free or Die."

Hartshorn hard-headedness and the rebelious spirit
of White Mountain pioneers speaks volumes.

A very brief visit to the Baker Library at Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire was a distinct delight. My great grandfather's papers (14 lineal inches) repose there. I last saw them 15 years ago. While there, I took pencil notes of the Hartshorns who either attended or graduated. I failed to write down the the name of a Hartshorn whose education wqas interrupted by the War of 1812."

Here, for the first time, is listed all known Hartshorns who were educationally affiliated
with Dartmouth College, as alumni, teaching staff or both. They are listed chronologically.

1. Rev. Levi HARTSHORN was born in 1789 in Amherst, Hillsborough, New Hampshire. He had marriage intentions published 18 Nov 1815 in Gloucester, Essex Co., Massachusetts. He died on 27 Sep 1819 in Amherst, Hillsborough, New Hampshire. Levi Hartshorn graduated from Dartmouth College in 1813, in the class with Jonathan Kittridge, Joseph B. Felt, and other eminent men, receiving his degree in theology. The town of Dunstable in concurrence with the church, voted 24 July 1815, to extend a call to Levi Hartshorn to settle with them as pastor, offering him $400 as settlement and $450 per annum for salary, but on 4 September, he declined to accept the office of successor to Mr. Heywood.

He was ordained at Gloucester, Mass., 18 Oct 1815, the ordaining prayer on the occasion being made by Rev. Barnard of Amherst. He died while on a visit to his father in Amherst, 27 Sep 1819. He was a good man and his death was greatly lamented. An obituary notice, published soon after his decease, said, "The loss of such a man as Mr. Hartshorn can not easily be estimated or repaired." At his funeral a prayer was offered at the house by Rev. Burnap of Merrimack, NH. The remains were taken to the meeting-house where a sermon was preached by Mr. Lord from Acts 8:2. At the close of the exercises the remains were carried to the burying-ground, preceded by the male members of the church. Many other citizens of the town joined in the procession.

2. Dr. Edward HARTSHORN was born on 28 Jun 1817 in Gloucester, Essex Co., Massachusetts. He resided Monroe Street in 1880 in Somerville, Middlesex, Massachusetts. He died after 1880 in probably in Berlin, Worcester, Massachusetts. He was a pharmacist and drug manufacturer. Many of his advertising cards currently exist. These, and the bottles he dispensed his medicine have become collectors items.

Edward Hartshorn "read medicine" after the custom of the times, with Dr. Rendall Davis of Reading, Mass. and Dr. M. Spaulding of South Reading. He attended lectures at the Dartmouth Medical Department, but graduated after a full course at the Harvard Medical School in 1840, locating his practice in Berlin, Mass., the same year. In 1841, May 13, he married Lucy Elizabeth Howe, daughter of Solomon and Sarah Howe of Berlin. Their only children have been Edward Howe and William Henry, the former dying ten years ago [1887]. After several years of successful practice his health demanded a change, amd he commenced the manufacture of medicines and cooking extracts, which are now in general use, in about sixty different varieties. He took his sons into co-partnership as they reached their majority. He removed his business to Boston about thirty years ago, taking up his home at 87 Munroe Street, in Somerville, where he has since resided with his surviving son and family.

The relinquishing of his business to his sons was necessitated by his active involvement with the United Order of the Golden Cross. He became the Grand Commander of the State and, in 1880, established the Golden Cross Journal. He was superintendent of the Sunday School in Berlin and helped form the Prospect Hill Congregational Church Sunday School. He was one of the first deacons at that church and continued that position in the Day Street Congregational Church.

3. Rep. George Washington HARTSHORN was born on 5 Sep 1821 in Lunenburg, Essex, Vermont. He died on 16 Feb 1889 in Sharon, Norfolk, Massachusetts. He was buried in Sharon, Norfolk, Massachusetts. George W. Hartshorn was educated in Lunenburg schools and the Essex County Grammar School and at Guildhall and Lancaster Academies. He began the study of law with William Heywood at Guildhall, graduating in 1848 from Dartmouth College. He went to Camden, NJ where he also worked for a newspaper, the West Jerseyman, and took part in politics as a public speaker. He returned to Vermont in 1850 and eventually settled in Canaan. At one time he sold scales in Quebec for the Fairbanks Company of St. Johnsbury. He taught school in Canaan while he represented the town in the state legislature in 1853. Moving to Irasburg, where, for two years, he edited the Orleans County Gazette and served as County Clerk.

4. Rev. Vaola John HARTSHORN was born on 21 May 1835 in Amherst, Hillsborough, New Hampshire. He died on 14 Apr 1900 in Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts. Vaola John graduated Bangor Theological Seminary and from Dartmouth College in 1860, A clergyman at Lawrence, Mass., he remained unmarried during his life. Vaola served as the pastor's assistant in the Porter Church in Brockton in 1887-88. He was extremely close to his brother, Newton, to whom he carried on an extensive correspondence with during Newton's service with the army during the civil war.

5. Dr. Edward HARTSHORN was born on 13 Jul 1870 in Shrewsbury, Worcester, Massachusetts. Edward graduated from Dartmouth in 1895 and was an M.D.

6. Commissioner John Edward HARTSHORN was born on 4 Aug 1878 in Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa. He died on 4 Feb 1960 in Altadena, Los Angeles, California. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1902, receiving his BS degree. He was the U.S. Commissioner of Customs to China.

7. Willard LaMonte HARTSHORN was born on 19 Dec 1881 in Clinton, Rock, Wisconsin. He died on 15 Aug 1968 in Los Angeles Co., California. Willard L. Hartshorn was a graduate of Dartmouth College, class of 1903 earning his Litt B degree. He authored the book, "The Adventures Of Atwood."

8. Dr. Elden Bennett HARTSHORN was born on 30 Jul 1889 in Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa. He died on 27 Feb 1961 in Hanover, Grafton, New Hampshire. Elden B. Hartshorn received his A.B. degree from Dartmouth College in 1912 and returned the following year to become a chemistry instructor. He was a member of the Department of Chemistry at Dartmouth College from February, 1913 until his retirement 01 September 1954. During the 41 years he taught, he served as chairman of the Chemistry Department and was also Chairman of the Division of Sciences. He was known as an outstanding teacher who helped guide many of his students into careers of chemistry.

During the First World War he was Junior Chemical Engineer and then First Lieutenant, Research Division, Chemical Warfare Service working on war gas problems at American University in Washington. After the war he did graduate work in organic chemistry at the University of Minnesota where he was Shevlin Fellow in chemistry for two years, receiving his Ph.D. in 1922 and becoming an assistant professor at Dartmouth. He was a full professor there in 1929. He spent the college year 1930-31 studying at the Department of Chemistry of the University of Munich.

9. Benjamin Martin HARTSHORN was born on 25 Jan 1892 in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts. He died on 14 Aug 1964 in Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire. Benjamin attended Dartmouth in 1913 and was a cashier at First National Bank of Portsmouth, NH.

10. George Ernest HARTSHORN was born on 3 Sep 1892 in Rockville, Montgomery, Maryland. He died on 28 Dec 1975 in Kensington, Montgomery, Maryland. He was buried in Mt. Olivet Cem., Frederick, Maryland. George E. Hartshorn received his BS degree in Civil Engineering at Dartmouth College in 1917. He served in the First World War at Ft. Monroe, Va., where he received training from April through December, 1918. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Coast Artillery Reserve. Following military service, he was with the Southern Railway Co. from December, 1918 until May, 1930 as a draftsman and then as Assistant Engineer of Maintenance. From May, 1930 onward he was in government service at Washington, D.C., with the Supervising Architects Office, now called the Public Buildings Administration. He has been in turn Associate Structural Engineer, Structural Engineer, Supervisory Structural Engineer (Chief, Structural Design and Drafting Section). He has also done outside consulting work. His interest s were church, civic affiars and sports. His wife, Mrs. Essie Hartshorn majored in music at Hood College. Her chief interests were family, church and civic activities.

11. Lieutenant Theodore Dunlap HARTSHORN was born on 18 Jun 1900 in Kensington, Montgomery, Maryland. He died in Apr 1983 in Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Theodore Hartshorn served in the First World War at Officers Training Camp, Plattsburg, N.Y. and was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Infantry in 1918. He was stationed briefly at Syracuse, N.Y. being listed among the Student Army Training Corps on 27 Sep 1918 as a 2nd Lieutenant in Company "F." He was discharged in January, 1919.

After graduating from Dartmouth College in 1921, he working in the Ceramics Division of the U.S. Bureau of Standards until 1924. From that time on he worked for the A.J. Lindemann & Hoverson Company in Milwaukee as Chief Chemist and Process Engineer. He was a member of the American Chemical Society, American Ceramic Society, American Institute of Ceramic Engineers and the American Electroplater's Society.

12. Charles Henry HARTSHORN was born on 29 Apr 1902 in Gardner, Worcester, Massachusetts. He died on 13 Aug 1977 in Hanover, Grafton, New Hampshire. Charles H. Hartshorn graduated from Dartmouth College in 1924. On the death of his brother, Stanford, he became president of C. H. Hartshorn Furniture Co. of Gardner, Mass. the company founded by his father. He remained active with the company until his retirement in 1967. He was an avid fisherman and had a life long interest in flying and photography.

13. William McCutcheon HARTSHORN was born on 14 Jun 1923 in Washington, D.C.. William M. Hartshorn graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, D.C. He was in the same graduating class as his cousin, John Elden Hartshorn (and John's future wife, Avonne) in June, 1941. His interests centered around making sailboats and model airplanes. These would develop more actively later in his life. His entry into Dartmouth College in 1941 was interrupted by World War II. His enlistment in the Army Air Corps in October, 1942 saw his graduation from pilot training a year and a half later. In 1944, he was serving in the European theatre, flying 26 missions as a P-47 Thunderbolt fighter pilot. Along with nearly half of his squadron, he was shot down over Holland. He suffered a broken leg while parachuting from the downed aircraft. The next year was spent in military hospitals in Europe and the U.S. He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Air Medal, with clusters, as well as unit and battle ribbons. In 1946 he returned to Dartmouth College, graduating in 1948. He was a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity and the the Senior Society, the Casque and Gauntlet.

14. John Elden HARTSHORN was born on 1 Jan 1924 in Washington, D.C.. John E. Hartshorn was educated at Woodrow Wilson High School, Washington, D.C. in the 1941 class with his wife-to-be, Avonne Allen. He completed his sophomore year at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. before enlisting in the U.S. Army Air Force in 1943. During this time his future wife, Avonne, attended George Washington University, graduating there in 1946 with A.B. degree in Zoology. Following flight school, John was assigned to the Ninth Air Force, 404th Fighter Group in Europe where he was a P-47 fighter pilot. At the completion of hostilities he resumed his education at Dartmouth, graduating there in 1947 with his A.B. degree in Economics. He pursued a career in law, receiving his L.L.B degree from Yale in 1950. In 1950, he was an associate partner with the law firm of Cummings, Stanley, Truitt and Cross, becoming a full partner in 1952. He left the firm in 1956, joining General Refractories in 1956 as Counsel and Assistant to the President. His career progressed through the ranks becoming successively Assistant Secretary (1957-60), Secretary and Assistant Treasurer and Counsel (1960-64), Vice President, Secretary and Counsel (1964-66), Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (1966-78). In 1978 he became the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. He partially retired in 1982 but continued to take an active role for four years as consultant to the Board of Directors, which he been a member of since 1964. His love of civic affairs continued throughout his life. He was a devoted guide and walking encyclopedia at the "Mighty 8th Air Force" in Savannah. His schedule of tours included one on the day of his death, 13 April 2001.

15. Laura HARTSHORN, daughter of John Elden, was born on 18 Sep 1957 in Bryn Mawr, Delaware, Pennsylvania. She was educated at Radnor High School, graduating there in 1975. She graduated in 1979 from her father's alma mater, Dartmouth College with an A.B. degree in Anthropology.

She was married to Walter Gus ELLIOT (son of William Gus ELLIOTT and Mary Walton CARPENTER) on 18 Feb 1984. Walter ELLIOTT was born on 31 Jan 1957 in Valdosta, Lowndes, Georgia. He graduated from Dartmouth, receiving his A.B. degree in 1979. He continued on to University of Virginia Law School, receiving his J.D. degree in 1982.

16. John Hartshorn ELLIOTT, son of Laura Hartshorn Elliott and Walter Elliott, grandson of John Elden Hartshorn was born July 27, 1991 in Atlanta, GA. He is a 2010 graduate of Valwood School in Valdosta, GA and is now in the Dartmouth Class of 2014. Three consecutive generations of Dartmouth graduates!


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The Reverend Eleazar Wheelock,[my 5th gr-granduncle] a Congregational minister from Connecticut, founded Dartmouth College in 1769. He had earlier established Moor's Charity School in Lebanon, Connecticut, principally for the education of Native Americans. In seeking to expand his school into a college, Wheelock relocated his educational enterprise to Hanover, in the Royal Province of New Hampshire. The move from Connecticut followed a lengthy and sometimes frustrating effort to find resources and secure a charter. Samson Occom, a Mohegan Indian and one of Wheelock's first students, was instrumental in raising substantial funds for the College. The Royal Governor of New Hampshire, John Wentworth, provided the land upon which Dartmouth would be built and on December 13, 1769, conveyed the charter from King George III establishing the College. That charter created a college "for the education and instruction of Youth of the Indian Tribes in this Land ... and also of English Youth and any others." Named for William Legge, the Second Earl of Dartmouth — an important supporter of Eleazar Wheelock's efforts — Dartmouth is the nation's ninth oldest college and the last institution of higher learning established under Colonial rule.

In 1815, Dartmouth became the stage for a constitutional drama that had far-reaching effects. Claiming its 1769 charter invalid, the New Hampshire legislature established a separate governing body for the College and changed its name to Dartmouth University. The existing Trustees, under the leadership of President Francis Brown, challenged the action and insisted on the validity of the charter and Dartmouth's continuance as a private institution free of interference from the state. The case was argued in the United States Supreme Court by Daniel Webster, a graduate in the Class of 1801, who would go on to become a member of Congress and Secretary of State under Presidents William Henry Harrison and Millard Fillmore. The landmark decision handed down by Chief Justice John Marshall in February, 1819, affirmed the validity of the original charter. The Dartmouth College Case, as it has come to be known, is considered to be one of the most important and formative documents in United States constitutional history, strengthening the contract clause of the Constitution and thereby paving the way for all American private institutions to conduct their affairs in accordance with their charters and without interference from the state.
In over two centuries of evolution, Dartmouth College has developed from its roots on the colonial frontier into a college that has a special character and a unique place in private higher education: an excellent undergraduate program, small enough to ensure the intimacy of a classic liberal arts college, with instruction provided by faculty members committed to undergraduate teaching; yet one large enough to provide faculty depth and curricular breadth of a kind typically found only at research universities.

An Ivy League institution, Dartmouth College enrolls approximately 4,300 undergraduates in the liberal arts and 1,200 graduate students. Drawing faculty and students from around the world, Dartmouth is committed to advancing the principles of liberal education within a diverse community of students, teachers and scholars. In addition to 16 graduate programs in the arts and sciences, it is home to the nation's fourth oldest medical school: the Dartmouth Medical School, founded in 1797; the nation's first professional school of engineering: the Thayer School of Engineering, founded in 1867; and the first graduate school of management in the world: the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration, established in 1900.

See also the Wheelock Succession, the Presidents of Dartmouth College.

This comes from Dartmouth News

Derick S. Hartshorn - 2008
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