Knox President Was Memorable Student

From: The Register Mail (Galesburg, IL)

Historian Tom Wilson notes a few interesting episodes from Knox College history: “When young Albert Britt entered Knox in the 1890s, there was no examination, no aptitude tests and no psychological examinations. Tuition was $40 and there were no official athletic teams… [20 years later, when Britt was serving as President of Knox, he was] the toastmaster when the inventor of basketball, James Naismith, spoke at the college basketball banquet…

[Wilson also describes how] “the original Knox College charter was very specific in spelling out that any land it sold would be given back to the college if intoxicating liquor was used or sold on the buyer’s property… [In the 1930s] Knox sold property to the federal government for the current Post Office on East Main Street… Knox filed suit against the Federal Government, [apparently] to establish punitive damages if the Federal Government decided to sell liquor on the Post Office site at a future date and even use a room on the premises… The jury [decided] that Knox College might collect as much as a dollar if an infraction occurred…” Read more…