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The Faculty

The January 1831 college faculty numbers five, three of whom have trained for the ministry and are practicing clergymen. Only the two instructors of scientific subjects have trained outside the theological seminary. It is interesting to note that in 1830 the student-faculty ratio is 18:1.

The medical faculty are also active practitioners. The medical school is organized on a proprietary basis, with the six senior faculty collecting tuition directly from students and dividing profits among themselves. Even if one takes into account both standing and adjunct faculty, the 1830 student-faculty ratio in the medical school is 41:1.

[Note: The medical faculty did not become salaried officers of the University until 1880.]

This list is transcribed directly from the University Catalogue of January 1831.

Professors in the Collegiate Department

Rev. William Heathcote De Lancey, D.D.
Provost and Professor of Moral Philosophy

Robert Adrain, LL.D.
Vice Provost and Professor of Mathematics

Rev. Samuel Brown Wylie, D.D.
Professor of the Hebrew, Greek, and Latin Languages

Alexander Dallas Bache, A.M.
Professor of Natural Philosophy and Chemistry.

Rev. Edward Rutledge, A.M.
Assistant Professor of Moral Philosophy, having charge of the Department of English Literature


Professors in the Medical Department

Philip Syng Physick, M. D.
Professor of Anatomy

John Redman Coxe, M. D.
Professor of Materia Medica and Pharmacy

Nathaniel Chapman, M. D.
Professor of the Institutes and Practice of Physic and Clinical Medicine

Thomas Chalkley James, M. D.
Professor of Midwifer

Robert Hare, M. D.
Professor of Chemistry

William Gibson, M. D.
Professor of Surgery

William Edmonds Horner, M. D.
Adjunct Professor of Anatomy

William Potts Dewees, M. D.
Adjunct Professor of Midwifery

Samuel Jackson, M. D.
Assistant to the Professor of the Institutes and Practice of Physic and Clinical Medicine

Solomon W. Conrad
Professor of Botany


Other Associated Faculty

Rev. James Wiltbank
Master of the Eastern Grammar School

John Sanderson
Master of the Western Grammar School

Augustus de Valville
Instructor in French

Augustus Willis
Instructor in Spanish

Herman Bokum
Instructor in German

Lorenzo Daponte
Instructor in Italian