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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 entrance to Cameron Stadium in 2009.

Cameron Stadium is an outdoor football stadium adjacent to the campus of Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania. It is home to the college's football team, men's and women's soccer, lacrosse, and field hockey, as well as intramural activities. The main playing surface is Matrix turf, installed by Hellas Construction in 2009. The eight-lane, all-weather track was resurfaced in 2003. The stadium features Towler Hall, located next to the field house, which is the home to the W&J Athletic Hall of Fame. The adjacent Eaton/Gentile Room contains athletic memorability from the college's past.

The college purchased the property, the old Washington Fairgrounds, in 1885. In order to finance the purchase of the property, the college erected an oil well on the grounds. Students exercised in a makeshift facility under the grandstand in the years before the Old Gym was constructed in 1893. A large donation from the Cameron family financed the 1999 renovation project, with the installation of a new FieldTurf playing surface, the construction of an eight-lane outdoor track, the construction of improved visitor bleachers, and the installation of a new scoreboard. At the conclusion of the construction, the stadium was re-christened Cameron Stadium. (more...)

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James Blaine was a U.S. Representative, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, U.S. Senator from Maine, two-time United States Secretary of State, and champion of the Half-Breeds. He was a dominant Republican leader of the post-Civil War period, obtaining the 1884 Republican nomination, but losing to Democrat Grover Cleveland.

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