Presidential Range

Memorable words from several esteemed members of the Wheelock Succession

“[I] now feel more than ever the want of a pension which I think the world owes me with which I might buy a cask of wine and other suitable spirits.”
—Eleazar Wheelock (1769-79)

 

“We thank thee O Lord for the oxygen gas; we thank thee O Lord for the hydrogen gas; we thank thee O Lord for the nitrogen gas and for all the gases.”
—John Wheelock (1779-1815)

 

“Gentlemen, I came here…to take charge of young gentlemen, but if, by any unforeseen circumstance, it becomes necessary for me to assume the management of a menagerie of young monkeys and baboons, I shall be equal to that undertaking.” 
 —Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1877-92)

 

“Athletics have a rightful place in the modern college.”
—William Jewett Tucker (1893-1909)

 

“The College must be ever watchful that it stands for freedom of thought and, incidentally, that which is essential to freedom of thought—freedom of speech.”
—Ernest Martin Hopkins (1916-45)

 

“The world’s troubles are your troubles.”
—John Sloan Dickey (1945-70)

 

“The man ignorant of mathematics will be increasingly limited in his grasp of the main forces of civilization.”
—John G. Kemeny (1970-81)

 

“College campuses are hotbeds of gossip, and there is probably nothing that could cause greater excitement than word being spread that a controversial president had decided to step down.”
—David T. McLaughlin (1981-87)

 

“Liberal education is the very soul of Dartmouth College.”
—James O. Freedman (1987-98)

 

“I haven’t been invited to any fraternity parties this year, but I’m still intending to have a good time this weekend.”
—James Wright (1998–2009) 

 

“Please know that you have all received one of the greatest educations available to humankind.”
—Jim Yong Kim (2009-12)

 

“We do not need alcohol at Dartmouth.” 
—Philip J. Hanlon (2013- )

 

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