September 6, 1864

“A Hundred Times the Bells of Brown”

Occurring in the midst of the Civil War, Brown’s centennial celebration was subdued, but still “interesting and impressive” according to historian Walter Bronson. Spectators enjoyed a review of the University’s history by President Sears, a number of distinguished speakers and an ode written by Bishop George Burgess, Class of 1826, followed by a dinner for 700. A centennial poem by John Hay, Class of 1858, began:

“A hundred times the bells of Brown
Have rung to sleep the idle summers,
And still today clangs clamoring down
A greeting to the welcome comers.”