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Frederick A. P. Barnard

President, Columbia College

Centurion, 1864–1889

Full Name Frederick Augustus Porter Barnard

Born 5 May 1809 in Sheffield, Massachusetts

Died 27 April 1889 in New York (Manhattan), New York

Buried Center Cemetery, Sheffield, Massachusetts

Proposed by David Van Nostrand, W. M. Gillespie, and George Bancroft

Elected 1 October 1864 at age fifty-five

Archivist’s Note: Brother of John G. Barnard

Century Memorial

President Barnard was a man of whom any country might be proud. He was a scientist of world-wide renown, of unexampled industry and such varied acquirements, that as editor of Johnson’s Encyclopedia, he could revise the articles contributed by savants of all countries, and do it so effectively as to receive a tribute of praise from them for his thorough and accurate knowledge, and his improvement upon their original articles. His loyalty and patriotism were such that he resigned his position as head of a Southern university, in spite of the most tempting offers, at the outbreak of the Civil War, to live under the flag of his country, and became the head of the great institution of learning in this city, which honored him with its confidence and whose record he adorned.

Henry E. Howland
1890 Century Association Yearbook