Newark in New Castle County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Rev. Dr. Francis Alison (1705-1779)
Francis Alison came to America from Ireland in 1735 and served as a Presbyterian minister in New London, Pennsylvania, from 1736-52. In 1743, he started a free school there to which the University of Delaware traces its origin. His first class, which consisted of a dozen boys, was a special one, including signers of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
Dr. Alison was respected as "the greatest classical scholar in America." It is fitting that the University's highest faculty honor is named after him, as is a program for students of exceptional promise.
Alison Hall was constructed in 1953. An annex was added in 1990.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Colonial Era • Education. A significant historical year for this entry is 1735.
Location. 39° 40.71′ N, 75° 45.082′ W. Marker is in Newark, Delaware, in New Castle County. Marker can be reached from Academy Street south of Lovett Avenue, on the left when traveling north. The marker is on The Green, and when you are in front of it, you are looking Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 240 Academy Street, Newark DE 19716, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lammot du Pont Laboratory (within shouting distance of this marker); The Roselle Grove (within shouting distance of this marker); Memorial Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Hugh Martin Morris (1878-1966) (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); In Memoriam (about 400 feet away); University of Delaware (about 400 feet away); Harry Fletcher Brown (1867-1944) (about 400 feet away); The Magnolia Circle (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newark.
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