Subject: Samuel Valentine Cole
Date: 1877
Photographer: J.H. Lamson
Size: 6.5cm X 10.5cm
Comments: When a student at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine

The Reverend Dr. Cole was one of the most important figures in Wheaton's history: he was a Trustee from 1893 to 1925, Secretary of the Board from 1895 to 1908, President of the Board from 1908 to 1925, and College President from 1897 until his death in 1925. He graduated from Bowdoin College in 1877, and taught for several years at public high schools in Bath, Maine and Williamstown, Massachusetts. In 1889, Cole completed studies at Andover Theological Seminary, and became minister of the Broadway Trinitarian Congregational Church in Taunton MA. There he was noticed by Mrs. Wheaton, who recommended him first for membership on the Board of Trustees in 1893, and then as the seminary's first male president.

Subject: Samuel Valentine Cole
Date: 1881
Photographer: A.O. Reed
Size: 10.5cm X 16.5cm
Comments:

It was Cole's vision, supported by Mrs. Wheaton, to change Wheaton from a Seminary into a degree-granting four-year college, and he worked assiduously at this task until it was accomplished in 1912. His plan included improving the curriculum, increasing the number of faculty holding college degrees, and enlarging the campus. He oversaw the construction of twelve major buildings, including the Chapel in 1917, which was later named in his memory. The Cole Memorial Room in the Library contains a collection of works of English literature and poetry based on the personal library of Samuel V. Cole, who wrote and published a great deal of poetry; his library was given to the College by his widow Helen Weiand Cole and his brother William Isaac Cole.

Subject: Samuel Valentine Cole
Date:
Photographer: Unknown
Size: 8cm X 14cm
Comments:

Miss Cornish, teacher at Wheaton and founder of House in the Pines wrote: "He was wonderfully suited to deal with girls of preparatory school age....He knew just how to address them; he 'got them' every time. He always kept this power. He never failed when he talked to the House in the Pines girls, never once, all through his life." (Shepard p.334)

Subject: Samuel Valentine Cole
Date:
Photographer: Unknown
Size: 18cm X 25cm
Comments:

"Only a man of vision, and an idealist, could have seen a future in Wheaton as it was in 1897 when President Cole assumed its leadership. The school consisted of old Metcalf Hall, Mary Lyon Hall, and a small observatory. The campus was an apple orchard, and in its midst was a barn. Old Metcalf Hall was lighted with gasoline gas, and the drinking water was pumped by hand from a well in the basement. Laundry work was done by hand. There were no telephones, state roads, electric cars, nor trains in the town; the only means of conveyance to the surrounding towns was by carriage over ordinary dirt roads." (Nov. 1934 Alumnae Quarterly, p. 10)



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