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Enosinian Society

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Formation  March 6, 1822
Legal status  Active
Type  Literary Society
Enosinian Society
Motto  "Omne tulit punctum qui miscuit utile dulci" (Latin for "He gets every vote who mixes the practical with the pleasurable")
Location  George Washington University
Region served  Washington, D.C., United States

The Enosinian Society is a student organization at George Washington University. Formed in 1822 during the first semester of the Columbian College, the Enosinian Society is the oldest student organization at the University.


General Information

The Enosinian Society was formed in 1822 during the first semester of the Columbian College. On March 6, 1822 students of the newly formed University gathering "for the purpose of establishing a debating society." A constitution was drafted and the society adopted the name of the "Enosinian." The original society met at Enosinian Hall, located on the fourth floor of the Columbian College's main building at College Hill, D.C. The society's first formal event was the celebration of Independence Day on July 4, 1822. In the fall of 1822, the Enosinian Society established its own library within the College's main library.

The emblem of the society was adopted in 1824, and a banner was gifted to society by the ladies of Washington, which remained in the society's hall until the sale of the College Hill campus in the 1870s.

Marquis de Lafayette visited Columbian College on December 13, 1824 and was greeted by the members of the Enosinian Society, who tended to Lafayette throughout his visit to the college. In return, Lafayette and his son agreed to be inducted as the first honorary members of the Enosinian Society. A bust was placed in the original Enosinian Hall in his honor.

In 1827, The Columbian College suspended operations due to financial issues, and consequently the society suspended its operations. With the reopening of the college in 1829, students gathered to reorganize the society; however, regular meetings and debates did not resume until 1833.

In 1838, the society established the Enosinian Bee, a weekly newspaper publishing the work of society members.

The society has disbanded several times throughout its history. Operations were disbanded during the American Civil War due to low enrollment in the College after many students left to fight in the conflict. The society continued to exist for most of the 20th Century, though members dropped "Enosinian" from the society's name during student protests of the Vietnam War, and the society died out.

More recently, the society was re-instated in 2005 and carried on until 2010, when the last member graduated. Debates during this period focused on political and ethical questions, and often occasionally drew large crowds. In September, 2012, the Enosinian Society was again re-instated, but quickly died out. In 2014, Jacob Biesiada attempted to reinvigorate the society yet again, with the society fluctuating between periods of activity and stagnation during this period. Biesiada has plans to yet again re-instate the society in the Fall semester of 2016.

Notable Enosinians

  • Edgar Snowden (Class of 1824), Owner and Editor of the Alexandria Gazette, Mayor of Alexandria, Virginia, and member of the Virginia Assembly.
  • Thomas D. Eliot (Class of 1825), former U.S Congressman from Massachusetts.
  • Baron Stow (Class of 1825), writer, editor, and influential Baptist Reverend.
  • William D. Porter (Class of 1825), Commodore, U.S Navy.
  • George F. Adams (Class of 1826), Baptist Minister and Trustee of the College.
  • William Greenleaf Eliot (Class of 1829), Founder of Washington University in St. Louis.
  • Richard Wallach (Class of 1829), first Republican Mayor of Washington, D.C.
  • Walker Brooke (Class of 1831), former Senator from Mississippi.
  • Henry May (Class of 1832), former U.S Congressman from Maryland.
  • William Carey Crane (Class of 1836), former President of Baylor University.
  • Charles L. Cocke (Class of 1840), former President of Hollins University.
  • Christopher Pearse Cranch, American writer and artist.
  • Elliott Coues (Class of 1859), noted surgeon, historian, ornithologist and author.
  • Annie Lewis Pierce (Class of 1893), US Dept of Chemistry head of staff Pure Food and Drug Act, founder of Tribune Home Institute.
  • Honorary Enosinians

  • Marquis de Lafayette, Revolutionary War Hero and Personal Friend of President George Washington.
  • George Washington Lafayette, Son of Marquis de Lafayette.
  • Daniel Webster, U.S Secretary of State and Senator from Massachusetts.
  • John C. Calhoun, Vice President of the United States, U.S Secretary of State, U.S Secretary of War, and Senator from South Carolina.
  • Henry Clay, U.S Secretary of State, Speaker of the House, and Senator from Kentucky.
  • Washington Irving, Author of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle.
  • William Cullen Bryant, 19th Century American Poet, author of Thanatopsis.
  • Nathaniel Parker Willis, 19th Century American Author.
  • References

    Enosinian Society Wikipedia

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