Pick of the week, April 17: “All stand aghast”: Wesleyan student writes in his diary about Lincoln’s assassination
Apr. 14, 2015 by Leith Johnson
One hundred and fifty years ago, William North Rice, class of 1865, wrote the above in his diary on the day that President Abraham Lincoln died. Rice would devote his life in service to Wesleyan, becoming the university’s first professor of geology and serving three times as acting president. Below is the diary opened to include the entry for April, 15, 1865.