Two sons of Nicholas Brown 1786 attended, Nicholas Brown 1811, United States Consul in Italy from 1845 to 1853, and John Carter Brown 1816, donor of the funds for the library building which is now Robinson Hall, and founder of the collection of Americana which constitutes the John Carter Brown Library.Brown family
In 1853 the date of Commencement was changed back to September by popular demand, but the two term calendar remained the same.Calendar
In 1853 George Ide Chace gave a series of lectures to a class of 330 manufacturing jewelers of Providence and was rewarded by a gift of a silver pitcher engraved with scenes of Rhode Island Hall, the laboratory, and jewelers at work.Chace, George Ide
The traditional day for Commencement was the first Wednesday in September, but was changed in 1851 and 1852 to the second Wednesday in July, a change which proved unpopular enough for the date to be returned to September in 1853.Commencement
The "Providence Journal" reported in 1853 that it was now "quite possible to remain out of the city until after Commencement, a thing that was never thought of before," and in 1860 the "Journal" did not carry its usual announcement, "This being Commencement, no paper will be issued from this office to-morrow."Commencement
Beta Theta Pi established a chapter in 1847, Delta Kappa Epsilon in 1850, Zeta Psi in 1852, and Theta Delta Chi in 1853.Fraternities
In April 1853 the national fraternity revoked the charter of the Brown chapter and dismissed the remaining eight members (the two who had left college remained on the rolls of the fraternity).Fraternities
Theta Delta Chi (Zeta chapter) was established in November 1853.Fraternities
Reuben A. Guild was instrumental with Charles B. Norton in calling the first librarians’ convention, which met in New York in September of 1853.Guild, Reuben A.
At the "Librarian’s Convention" of 1853, Jewett was chosen to preside, and, in opening the proceedings, observed, "We meet for the purpose of seeking mutual instruction and encouragement in the discharge of the quiet and unostentatious labors of our vocation, for which each at his separate post finds perhaps but little sympathy, for which each when at home must derive enthusiasm only from within himself and from the silent masters of his daily communion."Jewett, Charles C.
William L. Marcy also composed on June 1, 1853 a circular in which diplomatic representatives of the United States were encouraged to be received by foreign governments "as far as practicable ... in the simple dress of an American citizen."Marcy, William L.
Wayland Academy in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, founded in 1853, was named for Francis Wayland in recognition of his interest in its establishment and his gift of books which was the beginning and nucleus of its library.Wayland, Francis