First Fifty Years of Cazenovia Seminary


Madison County

Sketches of Students of First Decade.

  REV. DANIEL CUMMINGS VAN NORMAN, LL.D. Dr. Van Norman was one of some twenty-five or thirty students who came over from Canada within the first decade to enjoy the advantages of the Seminary. This is no small compliment to the character of the school at an early day. He was born near Hamilton, Ontario, August 15, 1817. He was a student at Cazenovia in 1833-36, graduated at Wesleyan University in 1838, joined the Canada Wesleyan Conference in 1839, and was appointed a professor in Victoria College; 1845, principal of Burlington Ladies' Academy, Hamilton; 1851 to 1856, principal of Rutger's Female Institute, New York; and in 1857 founded a school for young ladies in the city of New York, of which he has since been the successful principal, having earned a rare reputation as one of the best educators in the land. In 1860 the Wesleyan University conferred on him the degree of LL.D. He married Miss Sarah Maria Spencer, of Cazenovia, New York, of whom have been born to him four children.

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