In May or June, Joseph S. Hoard discusses with Dr. J.P. Morris, Rev. H.N. Seaver, Alvin Gaylord and others the idea of building a school of a higher education institution in Mansfield. Only Dr. Morris is in agreement. Finally after several meetings among the townspeople it's agreed upon to construct a building at a cost of $12,000. A charter is written on December 12th.
Dr. Joseph P. Morris builds his home, the Wren's Nest, and sells 6 acres of land on the eastern hill overlooking Mansfield to build the new school.
The Mansfield Iron works is under construction.
February 15th, the Classical Seminary is organized at Mansfield under the patronage of the East Genesee Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church of New York.
April, Rev. Jabez R. Jaques is hired to be the first Principal. His wife Harriott L. Jaques will be the Preceptress.
On November 28th, 57 citizens petition the court to turn the village of Mansfield into a borough.
On January 7th, Mansfield Classical Seminary opens its doors to 105 students. On February 13th, the Village of Mansfield is incorporated as a borough.
At 10 a.m. on April 22nd, with a foot of snow on the ground, the Mansfield Classical Seminary burns to the ground. There are no injuries. Immediately after the fire the founders vow to persevere and reconstruct an even bigger and better building.
Other 1857 facts.
Mansfield Classical Seminary rebuilt and reopens November 23 to some 30 students. Rev. James Landreth is elected Principal and Miss Julia A. Hosmer is named preceptress.
Millersville is recognized as the first State Normal School.
First oil well drilled in Titusville by Edwin Drake. John Brown leads revolt, attacks arsenal at Harpers Ferry.
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