Panel 1 from the Hovey murals; image via the Hood Museum

Oh, Eleazar Wheelock was a very pious man;
He went into the wilderness to teach the Indian,
With a Gradus ad Parnassum, a Bible, and a drum,
And five hundred gallons of New England rum.
Fill the bowl up! Fill the bowl up!

The poem “Eleazar Wheelock,” about the founder of Dartmouth College, was written by the alumnus and poet Richard Hovey (1864–1900). As a song, which goes to the tune of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” it is not that memorable nor remembered. The same goes for Hovey and...

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