University of the State of Pennsylvania

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This article is about the ancestor of the private university in Philadelphia. For the modern state-related university, see Pennsylvania State University.

The University of the State of Pennsylvania, was a charitable school founded in 1740. The state soon acquired the name "university" because the school had formed two sections: a medical section and a college section ran by a group of founders that would later become the board of trustees. In 1753 and 1755, two institutions for higher learning were put in place, Dr Smith's College, which was located at Fourth and Arch St. and the University of the State of Pennsylvania, which taught Philosophical Society at Fifth St. and Chestnut St.Throughout 1749 Academy and Charity School of Philadelphia to the College of Philadelphia.

In 1755 there were 122 members on the board of trustees. Later it was a colonial American institution founded in 1779 by the revolutionary Pennsylvania State legislature.The state made this move in response to their concerns over the then-provost of the College of Philadelphia, Rev. William Smith, and his loyalist tendencies who later created a board of trustees. In 1791, the institution was merged with the College of Philadelphia and the University of the State of Pennsylvania to form the University of Pennsylvania. The University of Pennsylvania included languages such as French, Italian, English, and Spanish because the people who spoke these languages were common. So it was more efficient to have these languages taught at the school. Benjamin Franklin, who was President of the Board half a century later, wrote a pamphlet particularly on English and its literature, not excluding Latin, Spanish, and French for better understanding for the foreigners who went to the university.

The Board of Trustees in 1749-1800 consisted of 'Caspar Wistar' (1761-1818),' Thomas White' (1704-1779), 'Robert Morris' (1734-1806), 'Rev. Richard Peters' (1704-1776).


Coordinates: 39°57′00″N 75°11′31″W / 39.950°N 75.192°W / 39.950; -75.192