The origins of Lycoming College date back to 1812 and the founding of the "Williamsport Academy for the Education of Youth in the English and other Languages, in the Useful Arts, Science and Literature". This was the name under which the school was incorporated. At the time, Williamsport's population was approximately 350 persons. Attendance was by subscription, although a state grant ensured that a number of poor children would be taught free of charge. The institution also has educated both sexes from its inception. By 1847, Williamsport had a public school system in place. Rev. Benjamin H. Crever, a circuit-riding Methodist preacher based 30 miles (48 km) away in Milton, heard that the Academy was for sale. Upon his recommendation, the Baltimore Conference purchased the school which opened in the fall of 1848 as the Williamsport Dickinson Seminary, a preparatory school for Dickinson College, another Methodist school. Rev. Crever is considered to be the founder of Lycoming College. After turning the Williamsport Academy into an institution of higher learning, Crever moved on to serve as a chaplain in the Civil War and to found a total of four schools. Only Lycoming College remains as his educational legacy. Recent history By 1921, the Seminary had gained a reputation for excellence, when Dr. John W. Long took office as its ninth president. Under Long, the institution added junior college courses and, in 1929, became the first accredited junior college in Pennsylvania. In 1947, the institution, again under Dr. Long, became a four-year college of the liberal arts and sciences. In 1948, it officially changed its name to Lycoming College, taking the name from that of the local county. The name "Lycoming" comes from the Native American word lacomic meaning "great stream". In 1949, the College conferred its first baccalaureate degrees. Dr. James E. Douthat became the fourteenth president in 1989. Under his leadership, the College's enrollment has grown by 27 percent, and its endowment and other funds under management have increased from 17 million to over 150 million. Since his arrival, the campus has been involved in strategic planning processes, the establishment and implementation of a new faculty governance structure, a major capital campaign, building program, and the adoption of a revised curriculum for the College. In 2013, retiring President Douthat was cleaning out a closet in his office when he stumbled on a rather uncommon historical document that had been lost for years: a certificate signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863 that named the collegeï¿½s founder a Civil War chaplain. In the 2004 motion picture "Enduring Love," actress Samantha Morton's character Claire wears a Lycoming College sweatshirt in two scenes that take place in her artist studio and at a foundry.
David G. Argall (1980) - Pennsylvania House of Representatives (1984 to 2009), Pennsylvania State Senate (2009 to present) Joseph McCrum Belford (1868) United States House of Representatives (1897ï¿½1899) from New York Deirdre Connelly (1983) Pharmaceuticals executive, Forbes 2009 list of World's 100 Most Powerful Women David Albaugh De Armond United States House of Representatives (1891ï¿½1909) from Missouri Thomas W. Dempsey (1952) - Pennsylvania House of Representatives (1987 to 2000); winner of 2001 Angela R. Kyte Outstanding Alumnus Award Eugene Louis Dodaro (1973) - Comptroller General of the United States since 2008 Robert W. Edgar (1965) - is president and CEO of Common Cause, a nonpartisan government watchdog organization Rusty Fricke, Arena Football League player Milt Graff - Major League Baseball player (1957 to 1958) for the Kansas City Athletics James Hall Huling - United States House of Representatives (1895 to 1897) from West Virginia John Jopson - Film and music video director Alexander Brown Mackie - Co-founder of Brown Mackie College Tom Marino - U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania's 10th congressional district Henry Clay McCormick - United States House of Representatives (1887 to 1891) from Pennsylvania Alexander McDonald - United States Senate (1868 to 1871) from Arkansas James Monroe Miller - United States House of Representatives (1899 to 1911) from Kansas Rafael Moreno Valle Rosas (1991)Governor of the Mexican state of Puebla Peter Onorati (1975) - Veteran actor James H. Osmer - United States House of Representatives (1879 to 1881) from Pennsylvania Harry Perretta (1978) - Head Women's Basketball Coach at Villanova University, Inducted to Lycoming Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007 Charles Emory Patton - United States House of Representatives (1911 to 1915) from Pennsylvania Robert Fleming Rich - United States House of Representatives (1945 to 1951) from Pennsylvania Rev. William W. Rhodes (1869) - clergyman, musician, violin maker. David Schoch (1973) - Chairman, CEO, Ford China Ford Motor Company Milton George Urner - United States House of Representatives (1879 to 1883) from Maryland Thomas I. Vanaskie (1975) United States circuit judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit Dr. Marina Vernalis (1973) - first female chief of cardiology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and first female cardiovascular consultant of the Army Surgeon General Tom Woodruff, Jr. (1980) Academy Award-winning special effects designer Eugene Yaw (1970) - Pennsylvania State Senator representing the 23rd Senatorial District