1800s

1824 Bloomington had been in existence for only two years when the legislature voted to place the "State Seminary" there. Though the town was in the southern, settled part of the state, it was considered a safe distance north of the roisterous Ohio River communities.



Indiana College's first president, Presbyterian minister Andrew Wylie, taught philosophy, logic, rhetoric, history, evidences of Christianity, and the U.S. Constitution.



1816 Thomas and Nancy Lincoln move from Kentucky to the new state of Indiana; son Abraham is seven years old.

1817 New map of Indiana published. Lake Michigan appears east of its actual location.

1818 Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley publishes Frankenstein. New York poet Samuel Woodworth writes "The Old Oaken Bucket," soon to become a famous popular song.

1820 Missouri Compromise preserves balance of slave and free states. Indiana General Assembly votes to establish a "State Seminary" in Bloomington.

1821 Napoleon Bonaparte dies on St. Helena. Emma Willard founds first U.S. women's college.

1823 Monroe Doctrine warns European powers not to threaten sovereignty of New World nations.

1824 Beethoven writes his Ninth Symphony. Seminary building erected in Bloomington; 10 men enroll.

1825 Opening of the Erie Canal. Robert Owen of the New Harmony commune writes Indiana's first play (and first flop): Pocahontas: A Historical Drama.

1826 Indiana's first independent black farm communities appear.

1828 The Baltimore & Ohio (B&O) line becomes U.S.'s first passenger railroad. Name change: The State Seminary becomes "Indiana College."

1829 Andrew Wylie becomes first president of Indiana College, with a yearly salary of $1,000.