Carson, Arthur L. Silliman University, 1901-1959

Carson, Arthur L. Silliman University, 1901-1959

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Carson, Arthur L. Silliman University, 1901-1959. New York: United Board for Christian Education in Asia, 1965. First Edition. [6621]

Maroon cloth with bright gilt titles, 6 x 8 1/4 inches, xv., 477 clean pp., illustrated from photographs. Very good. Hardcover.

Printed in Taiwan. A scarce title with only two locations at WorldCat.

The history of this theological school in Dumaguete City, Philippines, named for the first benefactor, Horace Brinsmade Silliman. Silliman was an American businessman, philanthropist, and layman in the Presbyterian Church who accumulated a large fortune in the mill supplies business during the industrial revolution of the 19th century. He donated $10,000 as a gift to start Silliman Institute in 1901.

The Institute (now University) was the first American and Protestant institution of higher learning founded in Asia. A Bible School was added in 1921 under the guidance of the ABCFM. The grounds were occupied by the Japanese during WWII and one of the buildings of the university was used for interrogations and murder. The author of this history was then president of Silliman, and he led his staff into the nearby mountains where they continued their work, the place near Malabo being nicknamed the "Jungle University." Some of the staff, and many of the students, joined the resistance forces against the Japanese. The university was restored after the evacuation of the enemy, and flourishes today.