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Washington Square

Washington Square

University Charter

University Charter

First Classes

First Classes

Albert Gallatin

Albert Gallatin

University Seal

University Seal

University Building

University Building

First Faculty

First Faculty

Chancellor Mathews

Chancellor Mathews

First Commencement

First Commencement

Fraternities

Fraternities

Samuel F.B. Morse

Samuel F.B. Morse

Early Photography

Early Photography

Law School

Law School

Hanging Tree

Hanging Tree

College of Medicine

College of Medicine

Henry James

Henry James

Early Housing

Early Housing

Edgar Allen Poe

Edgar Allan Poe

New-York Historical Society

New-York Historical Society

Theodore Frelinghuysen

Theodore Frelinghuysen

1830
Oct 18: Election of Albert Gallatin, former Secretary of the Treasury under Jefferson and Madison, as first President of the Council of the University of the City of New-York.

1831
Apr: Founding and incorporation of the University of the City of New-York, as NYU was known until 1896.

1832
Jul: Construction begins on the first permanent building of NYU, known as the University Building, designed by architect Alexander J. Davis and located on Washington Square Park East.

Sep 26: Inauguration of Chancellor Rev. James M. Mathews and first faculty.

Oct 1: Instruction begins for students of NYU.

1835
School of Law established.

First fraternities (Alpha Delta Phi and Sigma Phi) founded.

1839
Mar 18: Council elects Theodore Frelinghuysen Chancellor.

Jul 15: First Alumni Oration delivered.

1841
Oct 1: College of Medicine opens. Committed to strengthening the education of America’s physicians, original faculty of the school includes John Revere, son of patriot Paul Revere, and Valentine Mott, the foremost New York surgeon of his day.

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Read "Urban Dream," an article about NYU's history featured in the Spring 2006 NYU Magazine.