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Reverend Edward P. Hooker (1834-1904), the Founding Minister of the First Congregational Church of Winter Park, became the first President of Rollins College in 1885. The letters collected here date from the last year of his administration (1891-1892) and illustrate some of the challenges facing a new institution in what was then a frontier state, including financial constraints and legal difficulties. Equally evident, however, is President Hooker’s steadfast belief in the College and its mission. As he wrote in 1885, “the outlook is grand and glorious . . . We rejoice in the privilege of laying the foundations for the future.”
College Archives, Olin Library, Rollins College
Reverend Edward P. Hooker, Rollins College Corporation
Hooker, Edward P., "The Letterbook of Reverend Edward P. Hooker" (1891). Books about Rollins College and Winter Park. 15.
Rollins College Archives