1861: Founding institution Hesperian College opens as Lincoln is inaugurated

Hesperian College — forerunner institution to Chapman University — is founded in Woodland, Calif., on the date of Abraham Lincoln’s first inauguration. The timing reflects the founders’ connection to the promise of Lincoln’s presidency. Hesperian welcomes women as well as men and students of all races – a radical concept for that day.

Erica De Guzman