Bowdoin College in the 1820’s

bowdoin-1820s Bowdoin College Campus, circa 1823, by John G. Brown
Bowdoin College Museum of Art

Nathaniel Hawthorne called it a “small country college” and based his first novel, Fanshawe, off his Bowdoin years. From 1823 to 1827, Bowdoin matriculated an extraordinary number of politicians, public officials and authors that played key roles in America’s march towards the Civil War. Among them, 5 served in the Senate, 5 in the House, 1 president, 2 of whom ran for president against each other, and 2 of President Lincoln’s Treasury Secretaries. Other graduates included authors Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry W. Longfellow, and Calvin Stowe - who taught at Bowdoin when his wife Harriet wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin.