Born in New Jersey on October 14, 1790, Samuel Blanchard How attended the University of Pennsylvania. After graduating in 1810, he moved to Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and became principal of the Dickinson Grammar School. In 1811, he decided to leave the school to pursue theology and was ordained a Presbyterian minister in 1815. The Dickinson College Board of Trustees elected How president of the college in 1830. He served as president until 1832 when the college was temporarily closed. After leaving Dickinson, he returned to New Jersey and the ministry. He died on February 29, 1868.
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