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Benjamin Labaree, 1840-1866

Identifier: A2.I

Scope and Contents

From the Record Group: The volume of materials collected for each President varies widely from earliest appointees to current. The holdings for each presdient are primarily correspondence, published essays, sermons, and speeches, and since the 1970s-1980s includes reports generated by the Office of the President. For presidents prior to 1908, additional information may be located in associated record groups, including Board of Trustee records and correspondence, and early subscription/development records.


  • 1840-1866

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Open for research without restriction.

Biographical / Historical

Benjamin Labaree was born in Charlestown, New Hampshire in 1801. He graduated from Dartmouth in 1828 and became an ordained minister in in 1831. He taught at Jackson College in Tennessee for four years before becoming its president. One year later, Labaree became the secretary of the Central American Education Society in New York City.

Labaree served as Middlebury’s fourth president from 1840 to 1866. He oversaw a rebound in enrollment and appointed a number of faculty. Instead of resigning in 1857 for health reasons, Labaree travelled to Europe to regain his health and brought back a large collection of volumes for the library. Starr Hall was built next to the multipurpose chapel and would burn in 1864 only to be rebuilt in 1865.

Labaree was a successful fundraiser and president but had to resign in 1866 for health reasons. He lectured and preached around New England until his death in Walpole, New Hampshire in 1885.

Source: Bain, David Haward. The College on the Hill: A Browser's History for the Bicentennial, Middlebury College, 1800-2000. Middlebury, VT: Middlebury College, 1999. Print.


0.25 Linear Feet (1 half document box)

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Part of the Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives Repository

Middlebury College
Davis Family Library
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Middlebury Vermont 05753 United States