Allegheny was founded in April 1815by the Reverend Timothy Alden, a graduate of Harvard's School of Divinity. The college was historically affiliated with the United Methodist Church after 1833, although it is currently non-sectarian. black-and-white picture of a US President William McKinley William McKinley, Allegheny student for one year, eventual President of the United States The first class, consisting of four male students, began their studies on July 4, 1816, without any formal academic buildings. Within six years, Alden accumulated sufficient funds to begin building a campus. The first building erected, the library, was designed by Alden himself, and is a notable example of early American architecture. Bentley Hall is named in honor of Dr. William Bentley, who donated his private library to the College, a collection of considerable value and significance. In 1824, Thomas Jefferson wrote to Alden, expressing the hope that his University of Virginia could someday possess the richness of Allegheny's library. Alden served as president of the college until 1831, when financial and enrollment difficulties forced his resignation. Ruter Hall was built in 1853. Bentley Hall Historic Bentley Hall which houses the college administration, including the Registrar and Office of the President black-and-white picture of a woman Allegheny graduate Ida M. Tarbell, crusading muckraking journalist who exposed abuses by Standard Oil Allegheny began admitting women in 1870, early for a US college; a woman was valedictorian of the Allegheny class of 1875. One source suggests that Ida Tarbell, the pioneering journalist who exposed the predatory practices of Rockefeller's Standard Oil Company, was the first woman to attend Allegheny. Black and white blurry photo shows Allegheny College campus in 1909 in winter with trees with no leaves Allegheny College in 1909 In 1905, Allegheny built Alden Hall as a new and improved preparatory school. Over the decades, the college has grown in size and significance while still maintaining ties to the community. Recent history In 1971 the film Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me based on the Richard Farina novel was filmed on college grounds. While the word "Allegheny" is a brand for the college, it is also the name of a county, a river, and a mountain range, and the school has tried to prevent other entities from using this word. For example, Allegheny objected in 2006 when Penn State tried to rename one of its campuses "Allegheny".Allegheny president Richard Cook said 'Allegheny' was "our brand." It sued the Philadelphia's Allegheny Health and Research Foundation in 1997 to change its name. Under president Richard J. Cook, Allegheny was reported to have had a "stronger endowment, optimal enrollment, record retention rates, innovative new programs and many physical campus improvements." These years were marked by tremendous growth in the endowment, marked by a $115-million fund-raising drive, bringing the endowment to $150 million. In February 2008, James H. Mullen Jr. was named the 21st president of Allegheny. He took office Aug. 1, 2008. The college and the town cooperate in many ways. One study suggested the Allegheny College generates approximately $93 million annually into Meadville and the local economy. Since 2002, Allegheny hosts classical music festivals during the summer. In October 2006, the college attracted negative publicity after local enforcement cited over 100 people for underage drinking at a college party. In July 2007, a 1,500-pound wrecking ball demolishing part of Allegheny's Pelletier library broke its chain, rumbled down the hill, careened "back and forth across the street," hit nine parked cars, wrecked curbs, and crashed into the trunk of an Allegheny student's car, pushing his car into two cars in front of him. Eight soccer balls in his car "likely lessened the impact of the wrecking ball," and possibly spared his life, according to a police officer on the scene. The student body voted to name the library's coffee shop "The Wrecking Ball" after the event. The college has sponsored panels on unusual topics such as face transplants (2009). Allegheny professors have joined highly visible initiatives; for example, Allegheny professor Michael Maniates, described as the "nation's leading authority on the politics of consumption," joined the board of a project about the twenty-minute film The Story of Stuff by filmmaker Annie Leonard, and generated headlines. Dr. Maniates said "We really need to think of ways of making it possible for people to think about working less and getting by on less." At present, environmental concerns are important at Allegheny, which in 2008 worked with Siemens to devise a "total energy use reduction plan" for the college.
John Aldrich - Political scientist, leading scholar of American political parties, President-elect of American Political Science Association (2012ï¿½13) William B. Allison ï¿½ U.S. Senator from Iowa Ronnie Anderson (1997) ï¿½ Former National Football League player Glenn Beckert ï¿½ Former Major League Baseball player for the Chicago Cubs Ted Black ï¿½ President of the Buffalo Sabres; former Vice President of the Pittsburgh Penguins (1999ï¿½2008) Ben Burtt ï¿½ Academy Award winning sound designer Raymond Lysowski ï¿½ World War II bombardier of 50 combat missions and Silver Life Master contract bridge player Robert J. Corbett, U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania (1939ï¿½1941, 1945ï¿½1971) Aylett R. Cotton, U.S. Representative for Iowa (1871ï¿½1875) George M. Davison ï¿½ Inventor & CEO of Davison Associates, holds four patents Clarence Darrow ï¿½ Noted American lawyer Bill Demchak ï¿½ President of PNC Financial Services Group Valentino Achak Deng ï¿½ Lost Boy of Darfur, and subject of the book What Is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng Rich Dohr ï¿½ Music director and pianist for The Eagles and Don Henley Robert Dowling ï¿½ Surgeon who performed the first fully implantable artificial heart implementation in a human patient Stan Drayton (1993) ï¿½ National Football League assistant coach Budd Dwyer ï¿½ Former Pennsylvania State Treasurer Morris P. Fiorina ï¿½ Political scientist, leading scholar on voting behavior Gerald Greiner - Chief Executive Officer of the Hong Kong Futures Exchange Ltd Beth Gylys (1986) ï¿½ Professor at Georgia State University and award-winning poet Orville Nelson Hartshorn ï¿½ founder of Mount Union College Daniel Brodhead Heiner ï¿½ US Congressman for Pennsylvania (1893ï¿½1897) John M. Hillkirk II (1978) ï¿½ Journalist, author and editor ï¿½ Editor of USA Today (2009 ï¿½ current) R. Keith Hillkirk (1968) ï¿½ Chancellor of Penn State University, Berks College and Professor of Education Gene Hong ï¿½ TV writer, actor and producer Specs Howard ï¿½ Founder of Specs Howard School of Media Arts Lloyd Lowndes, Jr. ï¿½ 43rd Governor of Maryland (1896ï¿½1900), US Congressman (1873ï¿½1875) Benjamin F. Martin (1854) ï¿½ US Congressman (1877ï¿½1881) Brooke McEldowney ï¿½ Cartoonist, 9 Chickweed Lane Russ McKelvy ï¿½ Former Major League Baseball player William McKinley ï¿½ 25th President of the United States of America Richard Murphy (1971) ï¿½ Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Michelle Pawk ï¿½ Actress (attended Allegheny for two years, 1980ï¿½1982) Francis Harrison Pierpont - Governor of West Virginia Trent Reznor (1983) ï¿½ Musician (Nine Inch Nails) Barbara Robinson ï¿½ author, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (1972) and The Best School Year Ever (1994) Lloyd Segan - TV and Film Producer Raymond P. Shafer (1938) ï¿½ Former Governor of Pennsylvania (1967ï¿½1971) Josh Sharpless (2003) ï¿½ Relief pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team Edward Shanbrom (1947) ï¿½ Pioneering hematologist and medical researcher Paul Siple (1932) ï¿½ Antarctic explorer and the originator of the wind chill factor Alex Steffen (1990) ï¿½ Environmental journalist Barry E. B. Swain Episcopal priest, opponent of women's ordination Ida M. Tarbell (1880) ï¿½ Author, journalist, and muckraker. Published famous exposï¿½ on the Standard Oil Company. Thomas Tipton, United States Senator from Nebraska Mike Veon ï¿½ Pennsylvania State Representative (1985ï¿½2006) Jeff Verszyla ï¿½ Chief weather forecaster, KDKA-TV Pittsburgh James Villa (1958) - Former Canadian Football League player Erastus Wentworth (1850) ï¿½ Methodist Episcopal minister Bradley Roland Will (1992) ï¿½ Anarchist and journalist (1970ï¿½2006) Rob Wonderling ï¿½ Pennsylvania State Senator (2003ï¿½2009)