James Clarke Welling

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James Clarke Welling
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Born(1825-07-14)July 14, 1825
DiedSeptember 4, 1894(1894-09-04) (aged 69)
Alma materPrinceton University, 1844
Known forPresident of Columbian University, now the George Washington University and cofounder of the National Geographic Society

James Clarke Welling (July 14, 1825 – September 4, 1894) was the President of Columbian University, now the George Washington University, Washington, DC, from 1871 to 1894.[1] He was a cofounder of the National Geographic Society.[2]

During the Civil War, he wrote for the National Intelligencer.[3] Welling was a professor at Princeton University when in 1871 he accepted the presidency of Columbian College.[4] He became the sixth president of the university.

"The last occasion in which he appeared in public was at the laying of the new cornerstone of the Corcoran Gallery of Art."[5]


  1. ^ Welling, James Clarke. At Historical Encyclopedia, George Washington University site
  2. ^ Cathy Hunter. James Clarke Welling: A Champion of Education in the Nation’s Capital. Posted July 26, 2012 at Newswatch, National Geographic Society web site.
  3. ^ Hagner, A.B. (1894) Memorial of James Clarke Welling. Historical Society of Washington, D.C. p. 47
  4. ^ Kayser, Elmer Louis. 1970. Bricks Without Straw: The Evolution of George Washington University. New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts. (Online at GWU's Gelman Library)
  5. ^ Hagner, A.B. (1894), p. 50

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