Historical Timeline

Old Miami, 1787–1885

Inventing College Life

1787

  • July 13, Northwest Ordinance passed by Continental Congress
  • September 17, United States Constitution written; ratified 1788

1794

  • September 30, President George Washington signs patent for Symmes Purchase

1795

  • August 3, Miami Tribe signs Treaty of Greenville

1803

  • September 1, commissioners of the legislature locate the Miami College township on public lands in the Cincinnati district

1809

  • February 17, the Miami University chartered by State of Ohio

1810

  • Village of Oxford laid out in the college township; Miami University campus surveyed

1811

  • Log schoolhouse erected on University Square to serve Oxford Township

1816

  • Construction of first classroom building, Franklin Hall (later part of Old Main), begun

1822

  • Proposed relocation of Miami University to Cincinnati defeated in legislature

1824

  • President Robert Hamilton Bishop inaugurated; classes begin

1825

  • Erodelphian Literary Society and Union Literary Society organized

1828

  • First residence hall, North Hall (later Elliott Hall), constructed

1835

  • Chapter of Alpha Delta Phi fraternity established

1836

  • William Holmes McGuffey publishes his first Eclectic Reader
  • Second residence hall, South Hall (later Stoddard Hall), constructed

1838

  • Oxford Theological Seminary established

1839

  • Alpha chapter of Beta Theta Pi fraternity founded

1841

  • President George Junkin inaugurated

1842

  • President Junkin issues Laws of Miami University for Government of the Faculty and Students

1844

  • President Junkin resigns following student disruptions

1845

  • President Erasmus D. MacMaster inaugurated

1846

  • Conflict among literary societies, board, and faculty
  • Miami Tribe removed from traditional lands to western territories

1848

  • January 12, Old Main sealed with snow, seventeen students dismissed or depart
  • December 27, Alpha chapter of Phi Delta Theta fraternity founded

1849

  • President MacMaster resigns
  • President William C. Anderson inaugurated; joins Phi Delta Theta fraternity
  • Oxford Female Institute (later Oxford College) chartered; John W. Scott, principal

1852

  • Chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity established

1853

  • Western Female Seminary (later Western College) chartered; Helen Peabody, principal

1854

  • Oxford Female College chartered; John W. Scott, principal
  • President John W. Hall inaugurated

1855

  • Alpha chapter of Sigma Chi fraternity founded

1859

  • Junction Railroad reaches Oxford

1861

  • April 12, American Civil War begins
  • Ozro Dodds, student, and Professor Robert W. McFarland form volunteer companies for Union

1866

  • President Robert L. Stanton inaugurated; seeks new funding sources for Miami

1871

  • Andrew D. Hepburn named president

1873

  • National financial panic, low enrollment, no endowment; trustees suspend operation

1873–1885

  • Miami Classical School and Miami Classical and Scientific Training School operate on campus

1885

  • President Robert W. McFarland takes office; Miami reopens classes