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PARTRIDGE, Alden, educator, born in Norwich, Vermont, in 1785; died there, 16 January, 1854. He was graduated at the United States military academy in 1806, commissioned as 1st lieutenant in the corps of engineers, and appointed assistant professor of mathematics. He was made a captain on 28 July, 1S10, was professor of mathematics in 1813, and of engineering in 1813-'16, and in 1816-'17 was in command at the academy during the absence of Major Jonathan Williams, the superintendent. He resigned his commission on 15 April, 1818, and in 1819 had charge of the exploring survey of the northwestern boundary of the United States under the provisions of the treaty of Ghent. In 1820 he founded a military school at Norwich, Vermont In 1822 he was surveyor-general of the state, he removed his school to Middletown, Connecticut, in 1825, but it was restored to Norwich, and in 1834 was incorporated as Norwich university, of which he was president till 1848. He was a member of the Vermont legislature in 1833-'4 and in 1889. In 1840 he founded a military academy at Portsmouth, Virginia He was also for some time the president of Jefferson military college, which he established in Mississippi, and the founder in 1847 of a military school at Pembroke, New Hampshire, in 1850 of one at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and in 1853 of one at Brandywine Springs, Delaware Captain Partridge was for many years employed as instructor of the militia in the western states. He frequently delivered public lectures on military subjects, and published " An Excursion" (1822); "Lecture on Education" (Windsor, 1825); "Lectures on National Defence"; and " Journal of a Tour of Cadets" (1827).
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