Wabash College


WABASH COLLEGE WAS FOUNDED ON NOVEMBER 21, 1832 . The founders were all young and, while full of faith and energy, not one of them had any financial means. A meeting was held in the home of James Thomson, who was considered the motivating force for the idea of a college here All who attended the meeting agreed that if the Wabash Country, as this section of Indiana was known, was to have enough preachers and teachers, it would need to educate them from among the boys of this area.

The day after the founding meeting, a group of the men chosen as trustees of the college walked to land that was donated in the frontier town of Crawfordsville, Indiana and knelt in the snow and conducted a dedication service. According to the early documents, it was decided, "that the institution is at first a classical and English high school, rising into a college as soon as the wants of the country demand."

The first faculty member of Wabash was Caleb Mills, a graduate of Dartmouth College and Andover Seminary, who arrived in 1833 and immediately established the character of the school. As noted by Byron Trippet, who was associated with Wabash College for forty years as student, teacher, dean, and president, "by his ideas, his vision, and his abundant energy [Caleb Mills] gave to this college a sense of mission, which it has occasionally neglected, but has never completely lost."

Caleb Mills later became the father of the Indiana public school system and worked tirelessly to improve education in the entire Mississippi Valley. Each fall, Caleb Mills' bell is used to "ring in" the freshman class as students of Wabash College, and each spring the bell "rings out" that year's class of Wabash men as they move on to new challenges.


Wabash College educates men to think critically, act responsibly, lead effectively, and live humanely.

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Wabash College
Greg Hess
301 West Wabash Avenue, Box 352
Crawfordsville, Indiana 47933
Texting: WABASHCOLLEGE to 72727
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