Horace Holley: Transylvania University and the Making of Liberal Education

April 5th, 2017

Outspoken Salisbury native Horace Holley (1781–1827) was an unlikely choice to become the president of Transylvania University—the first college established west of the Allegheny Mountains. Holley ushered in a period of sustained educational and cultural growth at Transylvania, and the university received national attention for its scientifically progressive and liberal curriculum. The resulting influx of wealthy students and celebrated faculty lent Lexington, Kentucky, a distinguished atmosphere and gave rise to the city’s image as the “Athens of the West.” Dr. James P. Cousins, faculty member in the department of history at Western Michigan University will talk about his new biography of Holley, “Horace Holley: Transylvania University and the Making of Liberal Education in the Early American Republic”. Cousins has drawn on a wealth of existing and newly uncovered primary sources, including those of the Salisbury Association.  Cousins analyzes the profound influence of westward expansion on social progress and education that transpired during Holley’s tenure. Dr Cousins will be speaking at the Scoville Memorial Library in a joint program presented by the Historical Society of the Salisbury Association on Saturday April 8, at 4:00 p.m