Start My Family Tree Welcome to Geni, home of the world's largest family tree.
Join Geni to explore your genealogy and family history in the World's Largest Family Tree.
view all 21

Profiles

  • Ted Griffin
    Ted Griffin (born December 21, 1970) is an American screenwriter whose credits include Ravenous , Matchstick Men , and Ocean's Eleven . Born in Pasadena, California, Griffin graduated from Colgate Un...
  • Charles Evans Hughes, 11th Chief Justice of the US (1862 - 1948)
    Charles Evans Hughes , Sr. was a lawyer and Republican politician from the State of New York. He served as the 36th Governor of New York (1907–1910), Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Unite...
  • Gen. Alexander Vandegrift, Medal of Honor (1887 - 1973)
    18th Commandant of the Marine Corps Alexander Archer Vandegrift, KBE, CB (March 13, 1887 – May 8, 1973) was a General in the United States Marine Corps. He commanded the 1st Marine Division to vi...
  • Otto Graham (1921 - 2003)
    Otto Everett Graham, Jr. (December 6, 1921 – December 17, 2003) was a professional American football and basketball player who played for the Cleveland Browns in both the All-America Football Confere...
  • Adam Clayton Powell Jr. (1908 - 1972)
    Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. (November 29, 1908 – April 4, 1972) was a Baptist pastor and an American politician, who represented Harlem, New York City, in the United States House of Representatives (1945–...

Wikipedia

Colgate University is a private liberal arts college located in Hamilton Village, Hamilton Township, Madison County, New York, United States.

Colgate has 54 undergraduate concentrations that culminate in a Bachelor of Arts degree. The student body comes from 47 states and 42 countries. In its 2013 edition, U.S. News and World Report ranked Colgate as the 18th best liberal arts college in the country. Colgate ranked 13th on the Forbes' top liberal arts colleges list in 2013, and 36th overall in the 2013 edition of "America's Top Colleges" from Forbes.com. It is also listed as one of thirty Hidden Ivies and as one of Newsweek's "New Ivies".In 2014, Princeton Review ranked Colgate as the Most Beautiful Campus in America.

Colgate is located on a rural 575 acre (2.08 km²) campus in the Central New York town of Hamilton (named America's 11th friendliest town by Forbes Magazine in 2012). Colgate is a member of the Patriot League conference of the NCAA Division I.

In 1817, the Baptist Education Society of the State of New York was founded by thirteen men (six clergymen and seven laymen). Two years later, in 1819, the state granted the school's charter, and the school opened a year later, in 1820. The first classes were held in a building in the town of Hamilton. Three years later, in 1823, the Baptist Theological Seminary at New York City incorporated with the Baptist Education Society and subsequently changed its name to the Hamilton Literary & Theological Institution. Among the trustees was William Colgate, founder of a soap company.

In 1826, the school's trustees bought farmland that later became the focal point of the campus, known as 'The Hill'. One year later, the current students and faculty of the school built West Hall, using stone taken from a quarry found on the land. Originally called West Edifice before being renamed to West Hall, it is the oldest structure on campus. In 1846, the school changed its name to Madison University. In 1850, the Baptist Education Society planned to move the university to Rochester, but was halted by legal action. Dissenting trustees, faculty, and students founded the University of Rochester.

In 1890, Madison University changed its name to Colgate University in recognition of the family and its gifts to the school. James B. Colgate, one of William Colgate's sons, established a $1,000,000 endowment called the Dodge Memorial Fund. In 1912 Colgate Academy, a preparatory school and high school that had operated in Hamilton since the early 1800s, was closed and its facility became Colgate University's administration building. The theological side of Colgate merged with the Rochester Theological Seminary in 1928 to become the Colgate Rochester Divinity School, leaving Colgate to become non-denominational. Colgate became coeducational in 1970.

Notable Alumni