College formerly associated with the Episcopal Church. In early 1780 the Rev. William Smith became the principal of Kent County Free School, Chestertown, Maryland, which began instruction around 1729-1730. Kent School became Washington College on May 24, 1782, by virtue of a charter granted by the Maryland General Assembly "in honorable and perpetual memory of his Excellency George Washington the illustrious and virtuous commander-in-chief of the armies of the U.S." The college held its first commencement on May 14, 1783. Smith was succeeded by the Rev. Colin Ferguson (1751-1806), who served as principal from 1789 to 1806. Two other Episcopal principals were the Rev. Jacob Goldsmith Cooper (deposed in 1820), 1816-1817, and the Rev. Timothy Clowes, 1823-1827. The school is no longer associated with the Episcopal Church.
Washington College, Chestertown, Maryland
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