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Penn History

Faculty of the Department of Arts (College)

The College faculty consisted of six full professors plus five other professors. One professor had emeritus status. George Allen served as secretary of the faculty as well as professor of Greek and Latin. According to the University Catalogue, 1851-52, undergraduate coursework covered the subjects of intellectual, moral and natural philosophy; Greek, Latin, French and Italian language and literature; rhetoric and English literature; chemistry; mathematics; geography, law and American and European history.

Faculty Members

John Ludlow, c. 1850
Rev. John Ludlow, D.D., LL.D.
Provost of the University; Professor of Moral Philosophy
Henry Vethake, c. 1855
Henry Vethake, LL.D.
Vice-Provost and Professor of Mathematics
Samuel Brown Wylie, 1847
Rev. Samuel Brown Wylie, D.D.
Emeritus Professor of Greek and Latin
Henry Reed, c. 1890
Henry Reed, LL.D.
Professor of Rhetoric and English Literature
John Fries Frazer, c. 1855
John Fries Frazer, A.M.
Professor of Natural Philosophy and Chemistry
George Allen, c. 1868
George Allen, A.M.
Professor of Greek and Latin

Professors Not Members of the Faculty of Arts:

  • Charles Picot
    Professor of French
  • George Sharswood, A.M.
    Professor of Law
  • William B. Reed, A.M.
    Professor of American History
  • James Curtis Booth, A.M.
    Professor of Chemistry as applied to the Arts
  • Vincenzio de Amarelli, A.M., Ph.D.
    Professor of Italian

Faculty of the Medical Department

The teaching staff consisted of ten professors (two were emeritus), two lecturers and one demonstrator in the subjects of anatomy, chemistry, materia medica, obstetrics, pharmacy, surgery, the theory and practice of medicine, and clinical medicine and clinical surgery. The University Catalogue, 1851-52 provides a description of the requirements for admission and of the curriculum.

  • Nathaniel Chapman, M.D.
    Emeritus Professor of the Theory and Practice of Medicine and of Clinical Medicine
  • Robert Hare, M.D.
    Emeritus Professor of Chemistry
  • William Gibson, M.D.
    Professor of Surgery
  • William E. Horner, M.D.
    Professor of Anatomy
  • Samuel Jackson, M.D.
    Professor of the Institutes of Medicine
  • George Bacon Wood, M.D.
    Professor of the Theory and Practice of Medicine and of Clinical Medicine
  • Hugh L. (Hugh Lenox) Hodge, M.D.
    Professor of Obstetrics and of the Diseases of Women and Children
  • James B. Rogers, M.D.
    Professor of Chemistry
  • Joseph Carson, M.D.
    Professor of Materia Medica and of Pharmacy
  • George W. Norris, M.D.
    Professor of Clinical Surgery
  • William W. Gerhard, M.D.
    Assistant Lecturer in Demonstrative Medicine
  • Henry Hollingsworth Smith, M.D.
    Assistant Lecturer in Demonstrative Surgery
  • John Neill, M.D
    Demonstrator of Anatomy