Potsdam in St. Lawrence County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
St. Lawrence Academy
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-
This tablet erected 1916
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Education. A significant historical year for this entry is 1810.
Location. 44° 40.157′ N, 74° 59.1′ W. Marker is in Potsdam, New York, in St. Lawrence County. Marker is on Union Street, 0.1 miles north of Main Street, on the right when traveling north. 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. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Potsdam NY 13676, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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 IITown of Potsdam (about 600 feet away); They Live with Us in Grateful Memory of their Sacrifice (approx. 0.2 miles away); James McCormick (approx. ¼ mile away); Potsdam Raquette River Walk (approx. ¼ mile away); Crane Institute (approx. ¼ mile away); Potsdam Raquette River Walk - Hydro Site (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map 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
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. School Website entry (Submitted on November 12, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
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