Today in History: Patrick Francis Healy & Georgetown University

Georgetown University. Healy Hall
Today in History–July 31–the Library of Congress features Georgetown University, which inaugurated Patrick Francis Healy as President on this day in 1874. Healy was the son of an Irish-immigrant planter and a mulatto slave and is credited with transforming Georgetown from a small school into a modern university. Find out more about Healy and the university founded by John Carroll in 1789 by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources related to Georgetown University.

Father Healy Georgetown historical newspaper coverage

Georgetown University image set

Georgetown University historical newspaper coverage

College days at Georgetown, and other papers

Georgetown College, District of Columbia, 1842 description and four-year course list

University of Georgetown … Law department. Class of 1872 … First annual commencement