University of Maryland Archives
Benjamin Hallowell (1799-1877) was president of the Maryland Agricultural
College for one month in 1859.
Hallowell, a Quaker schoolmaster, noted scientist, and practical farmer from Montgomery County, Maryland,
was appointed president on October 4, 1859, the day before the college opened. He had been in close consultation with the trustees since the College was
chartered in 1856, but the board did not notify him of his appointment
until after they had announced it.
Hallowell accepted on condition that
the college farm not use slave labor and that he serve without salary.
He helped develop the curriculumancient and modern languages, natural
sciences, English and mathematicsas well as strict standards for
discipline, religion and physical training.
Hallowell resigned due to illness after one month of service.Charles Benedict Calvert, acting president, 1859-1860