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St. Lawrence Academy

 
 
St. Lawrence Academy Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, November 8, 2014
1. St. Lawrence Academy Marker
Inscription.
Upon this spot was built in 1810
by Benjamin Raymond
the first school house of Potsdam
First session 1812
Rev. Jas. Johnson A.B. - Harvard - teacher.
Here from 1816 to 1826 was
ST. LAWRENCE ACADEMY
Nahum Nixon A.B. - Middlebury-
first Principal
This tablet erected 1916

 
Erected 1916.
 
Location. 44° 40.157′ N, 74° 59.1′ W. Marker is in Potsdam, New York, in Saint Lawrence County. Marker is on Union Street 0.1 miles north of Main Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is on a stone at the midpoint of Union Street, across from the rear lot of the U.S. Post Office. Union Street is one-way from Main Street. Union Street runs from Main Street to Elm Street. Elm Street at the intersection is US Route 11 and NY Route 56. Marker is in this post office area: Potsdam NY 13676, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Clarkson-Knowles Cottage (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Potsdam Fire Department Members Who Served in World War II (about 600 feet away); Town of Potsdam (about 600 feet away); They Live with Us in Grateful Memory of their Sacrifice
St. Lawrence Academy Marker - Southward image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, November 8, 2014
2. St. Lawrence Academy Marker - Southward
(about 700 feet away); Potsdam Raquette River Walk (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Potsdam Raquette River Walk (approx. 0.2 miles away); James McCormick (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Potsdam Raquette River Walk (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Potsdam.
 
Regarding St. Lawrence Academy. SUNY Potsdam evolved from the St. Lawrence Academy and therefore uses 1816 as its founding date. The present college administration building is Raymond Hall, for which there is a marker in the database.

Here is the full text of the Charter of St. Lawrence Academy from the picture of the original on pages 18 & 19 of the Spring 2016 Vol. 10 No.2 edition of Potsdam People magazine published by SUNY Potsdam:
The Regents of the University of the State of New York: To all whom these presents shall or may come Greeting: Whereas Benjamin Raymond, Pierce Shepard, John Burroughs and others by an instrument in writing under their hands and seals bearing date the twenty fifth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirteen after stating that they had contributed
St. Lawrence Academy Marker - Northward image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, November 8, 2014
3. St. Lawrence Academy Marker - Northward
Back of U.S. Post Office in background.
more than one half in value of the real and personal property and estate collected or appropriated for the use and benefit of the Academy erected at the town of Potsdam in the county of St. Lawrence did make application to us the said Regents that the said Academy might be incorporated and become subject to the visitation of us and our successors and that Benjamin Raymond, Liberty Knowles, Pierce Shepard, Azel Lyman, Joseph P. Reynolds, Sewall Raymond, Robert McChesney, David Parish, Nathan Ford, Louis Hasbrouck, Roswell Hopkins, Russell Attwater and Ebenezer Hulburd might be Trustees of the said Academy by the name of St. Lawrence Academy, Now Know YE that WE the said Regents having enquired into the allegations contained in the instrument aforesaid and found the same to be true and that a proper building for said Academy hath been erected and finished and paid for and that funds have been obtained and well secured producing an annual nett [sic] income of at least one hundred dollars and conceiving the said Academy calculated for the promotion of Literature do by these presents pursuant to the Statute in such case made and provided signify our approbation of the incorporation of the said Benjamin Raymond, Liberty Knowles, Pierce Shepard, Azel Lyman, Joseph P. Reynolds, Sewall Raymond, Robert McChesney, David Parish, Nathan Ford, Louis Hasbrouck, Roswell Hopkins, Russell Attwater, and Ebenezer Hulburd by the name of "The Trustees of St. Lawrence Academy" being the name mentioned on and by the said request in writing on condition that the principal or estate producing the said income shall never be diminished or otherwise appropriated and that the said income shall be applied only to the maintenance or salaries of the Professors or Tutors of the Academy.
In Testimony whereof WE have caused our Common Seal to be hereunto affixed the twenty fifth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixteen.
Daniel D.[?] Tompkins, Chancellor of the University of the State of New York. By order of the Chancellor Gideon Hawley, Secretary.
 
Also see . . .  SUNY Potsdam College History. (Submitted on November 12, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
 
Categories. Education
 
 
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