About This Collection
In 1821, William Staughton was appointed as the first president of Columbian College in Washington, D.C., which became The George Washington University. His tenure as President saw the founding of the law school, the departments of classics, medicine and theology, and a preparatory school. The first Columbian College commencement, held in 1824, included among its guests President Monroe, members of his cabinet, members of the Senate, House and Supreme Court, and the Marquis de Lafayette.
The William Staughton Collection contains correspondence, photographs of paintings and etchings of William Staughton, and lists of materials at the University Archives with genealogical and family information.