Rev. John Miller Dickey, (December 15, 1806 — March 2, 1878) a Presbyterian minister, and his wife, Sarah Emlen Cresson, a Quaker, founded Ashmun Institute in 1854, later named Lincoln University (Pennsylvania) after the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. They named it after Jehudi Ashmun, a religious leader and social reformer. They founded the school for the education of African Americans, who had few opportunities.
Dr. John Miller Dickey was the first president of the college (1854–1856). He encouraged some of his first students: James Ralston Amos (1826–1864), his brother Thomas Henry Amos (1825–1869), and Armistead Hutchinson Miller (1829/30-1865), to support the establishment of Liberia as a colony for African Americans. Each of the men became ordained ministers.
John Miller Dickey was born in Oxford, Pennsylvania and educated from Dickinson College (Carlisle College)- class of 1824.
The building 'JOHN MILLER DICKEY HALL' in Lincoln was completed in 1991 with funds allocated by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania - is a 60,000 square feet (5,600 m2), three-story structure, designed by Friday Architects/Planners of Philadelphia. Dickey Hall houses several departments.