James Strong

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James Strong
James W. Strong (1833-1913) was the first president of Carleton (originally Northfield) College, beginning in 1870.

He was successful in raising money, especially from William Carleton and Susan Willis in Massachusetts. In the first year of his presidency, Strong's carriage was hit by a train in Boston, nearly killing him. His survival inspired William Carleton to donate $50,000 to the new college. In recognition, Northfield College became Carleton College.

By 1882, the college had a 40-acre campus, 14,000 volumes in its library, 24 faculty, and 237 students.

Strong retired in 1903.