Asa Dodge Smith

President, 1863-1877

The administration of President Asa Dodge Smith was one of tremendous growth for Dartmouth. Smith was a cosmopolitan man, whose reputation as a preacher and public speaker had won him many friends and admirers. During his thirteen-year tenure, the Thayer School of Engineering was founded; the number of scholarships increased from 42 to 103; and the College became the beneficiary of several important bequests. One, left by Richard Fletcher of Boston, totaled $100,000. The Chandler Scientific School, which was later merged with the College, grew in enrollment and financial resources. Alumni were brought together in regional associations from Boston to Cincinnati. It was also during Smith's administration that Hanover became the site of New Hampshire's first land grant college after the passage in 1862 of the Morrill Act. The New Hampshire College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts remained in Hanover for over 20 years, but was eventually moved to Durham and later became the University of New Hampshire.

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Portrait Artist & Donor Information

Ulysses Dow Tenney, Asa Dodge Smith, 1885
Oil on canvas
Hood Museum of Art
Gift of Albert Dodge Smith
Hood Museum Object Number: P.879.1