Religious Beliefs of Students
This is an incomplete compilation of some of the religious beliefs of students at the College of William and Mary.
1865-1866 session: one Catholic and two Disciples of Christ students, while all others were Episcopalians, Baptists, or Methodists.
It is unclear who was the first Jewish student at William and Mary.
Throughout the 1870s, students were overwhelmingly Episcopalians, Baptists, or Methodists with a few scattered Presbyterians and Disciples of Christ "enrolled from time to time." There were also two Catholics, one "Christian," and the sole Jewish student, Zach Hofheimer of Norfolk attended the College for two sessions from 1869 to 1871.(Godson, et al., The College of William and Mary: A History,p. 394)
Samuel Myers (1790-1829) attended William and Mary in 1808-1809. He was a lawyer in Norfolk and Pensacola, Florida, and the son of Moses Myers. There are two collections of papers from the Myers family in the Special Collections Research Center and one includes correspondence with Jewish merchants in Richmond and other cities (see Meyers Papers and Samuel Meyers Papers).
A 1932 list of students and their faiths indicates that there were 95 "Hebrew" students. ("Religious Preferences," University Archives Subject File Collection) See also Godson, et al., notes p. 725.
- "Religious Preferences," [http://scrc.swem.wm.edu/controlcard.php?id=6514 University Archives Subject File Collection.
- The College of William and Mary: A History, Godson, et al.
- Meyers Papers and Samuel Meyers Papers.
Material in the Special Collections Research Center
- Guide for conducting research related to the College of William & Mary
- The Flat Hat student newspaper.
- Colonial Echo yearbook.
- Student Handbook.
To search for further material, visit the Special Collections Research Center's Search Tool List for an overview of the Special Collections Database, W&M Digital Archive, Flat Hat-William & Mary News-Alumni Gazette index, card catalogs, and other tools available to help you find material of interest in William & Mary Libraries Special Collections Research Center.
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