• Who Was Martin B. Anderson?

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    Invariably, everyone who comes to our school asks  this question. The answer is that Martin B. Anderson was the first president of the University of Rochester in 1853 and served until 1888. Previous to his appointment as president of the University of Rochester, he was a professor of Chemistry and Natural History.
    He did not believe in dormitories on campus, therefore none were built during his tenure with the University of Rochester. He regarded them as places with "every facility for the propagation of evil principles and habits". Students were required to find housing with Rochester families, and on occasion, he temporarily allowed students to stay with him and his family.