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Washington & Jefferson College

Washington & Jefferson College
Washington & Jefferson College (informally "W&J College", or simply "W&J"), is a private liberal arts college in Washington, Pennsylvania, which is located in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area. The college traces its origin to three log cabin colleges in Washington County, Pennsylvania established by three Presbyterian missionaries to the American frontier in the 1780s: John McMillan, Thaddeus Dod, and Joseph Smith. These early schools eventually grew into two competing academies and colleges, with Canonsburg Academy, later Jefferson College, located in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania and Washington Academy, later Washington College, in Washington. These two colleges merged in 1865 to form Washington & Jefferson College.
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The Henry Memorial Center is a multi-purpose collegiate sports complex on the campus of Washington & Jefferson College. It houses two main athletic facilities, a gymnasium and a natatorium. The main gymnasium serves as the home site for W&J's wrestling, volleyball, and men’s basketball team and the women’s basketball teams. Its bleachers can hold 2,000 spectators. The natatorium serves as the event center for the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams as well as the men’s and women’s water polo squads. The facility has a six-lane, 25-yard pool, with depths ranging four to seven feet deep. The natatorium was the site of the 1976 and 1980 NCAA Division III Men's Swimming and Diving Championships. During the 2008 Presidential primary election, former President Bill Clinton stumped for his wife, Hillary Clinton, in the gymnasium. Vice President Dick Cheney also spoke in the gymnasium during the 2004 Presidential election. (more...)

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Matthew Quay was an immensely powerful Pennsylvania political boss; "kingmaker" (Benjamin Harrison, 1888). "Boss" Quay's political principles and actions stood in contrast to an unusually attractive personality. He was a resident of Beaver, northwest of Pittsburgh; today, his house is a National Historic Landmark.


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