James Clarke Welling

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James Clarke Welling
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Born (1825-07-14)July 14, 1825
Died September 4, 1894(1894-09-04) (aged 69)
Alma mater Princeton University, 1844
Known for President 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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