This past Tuesday when Professor Richard Schade was examining early Cincinnati German newspapers in the Archives & Rare Books Library, he came across an interesting item: a notice about Charles McMicken’s will in the April 1858 issue of Protestantische Zeitblatter. Considered the founder of the University of Cincinnati, McMicken died of pneumonia on March 30, 1858. His will stipulated a bequest to the City of Cincinnati to found a university, and after several fits and starts, UC was officially established in 1870.
For the full story, along with Professor Schade’s translation of the news article and links to other information, please go to http://www.libraries.uc.edu/libraries/arb/ger_americana/mcmicken_death_notice.html.
– Kevin Grace