The Academy and College of Philadelphia
Franklin drew up the constitution for the academy, and at the founding meeting of trustees on November 13, 1749, he was appointed its president. The academy opened for the secondary schooling of boys on August 13, 1751. The college was granted a charter in 1755 and graduated its first class of seven men on May 17, 1757, at its first commencement; six graduated with Bachelor of Arts degrees and one with a Master of Arts.
The college educated many of the future leaders of the United States. Twenty-one members of the Continental Congress were graduates of the school, and nine signers of the Declaration of Independence were either alumni or trustees of the university.
- The Early Years: The Charity School, Academy and College of Philadelphia at the University of Pennsylvania Archives, 1972.
- List of early students at the University of Pennsylvania
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