The Willipedia folks received this question:

What was the name of the dorm in which James Garfield (20th US President) lived during his tenure at Williams?

Your help is greatly appreciated.

J. Thomas Monk
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Longwood, FL 32791-5842

Any ideas? Most of the dorms in existence today were not present in 1856. But didn’t many students start out by living in West? Weren’t at least some of the fraternity buildings in operation?

Wikipedia reports that Garfield was only at Williams for two years (1854 to 1856) as was common in that era. He was a member of Delta Upsilon. (There is a great senior thesis to be written about the history of DU at Williams.) At some point, I claimed that the building now known as Garfield was previously owned by the Delta Upsilon fraternity. Is that building old enough to have been used by President Garfield?

Comments welcome.

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