The Founding

The Founding

Drew University was founded as Drew Theological Seminary in 1867. Items in this case reveal how the genesis of the Seminary began in the minds of men like James Strong who, in 1865, saw a need for a Methodist Episcopal seminary in the northeast.  This idea of a Methodist seminary became reality through the generosity of Wall Street financier Daniel Drew.  The seminary officially opened on November 6, 1867 with a celebration that took place in Madison and on campus in what was to become Mead Hall.  Students gathered that Fall of 1867 to sign the Matriculation book and embark upon their studies.  In the center of this case is one of the founding documents, a copy of the Act to Incorporate the Seminary on February 12, 1868 signed by Daniel Drew. 

 

Photograph of Mead Hall, 1885.  The foundation of the Cornel Library can be seen in the background on the left. 

 

Photograph of Daniel Drew, date unknown. Drew was the primary benefactor of Drew Theological Seminary until 1876.

The Founding