• Created Date
  • 1850-1859
  • Description
  • Caption: "Chicago University". From text: "To Stephen A. Douglas is due the credit of founding the first University of Chicago, now known as the Old University of Chicago. In 1856 a number of citizens visited Judge Douglas with plans for a university, and asked him for help. He gave them ten acres of ground lying along Cottage Grove avenue, at Thirty-fourth street, not far from the place where the Douglas monument now stands. On these grounds ... more
    Caption: "Chicago University". From text: "To Stephen A. Douglas is due the credit of founding the first University of Chicago, now known as the Old University of Chicago. In 1856 a number of citizens visited Judge Douglas with plans for a university, and asked him for help. He gave them ten acres of ground lying along Cottage Grove avenue, at Thirty-fourth street, not far from the place where the Douglas monument now stands. On these grounds was erected a white limestone building in 1857, and here for seven years the work of the new institution was done. In 1865 another large building was put up, and was called Douglas hall, the older hall being named Jones Hall, after William Jones, the father of the present Fernando Jones, who had made generous gifts to the institution. less
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