Log College Legacy

December 01, 2008

"Built by Rev. William Tennent c. 1735, it was the first academy in America for the training of Presbyterian ministers and the first college in Pa. A number of notable revivalist preachers and educators graduated from this rustic school before it closed upon Tennent’s death in 1746.

"Soon after, several Log College graduates helped establish Princeton University in New Jersey. Many other colleges trace their roots to this early institution. " (Text from the Historical Marker for the Log College) 

On Sunday, October 26, 2008, a dedication took place for the replacement of the State Historical Marker on the site of the Log College.  The efforts to replace this marker were undertaken by Neshaminy-Warwick Presbyterian Church and The Millbrook Society in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Founded by the Reverend William Tennent, the Log College was closed upon his death in 1746.  Started sometime around 1727, the Reverend Tennent began by teaching his sons as there was no seminary available in America at that time.

The Log College is thought to be the first college in the colony of Pennsylvania and possibly the first seminary in America.  It is also considered one of the first places to provide a needy student with a scholarship to attend school.

To read more about the history of the Log College click here.

For more information on William Tennent click here.