The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: July 30

WILLIAMSBURG, July 30, 1772.
At a Meeting of the Governours and Visitors of the College on Monday last, to make Choice of a President, the Reverend John Camm was elected into that Office, and swore in accordingly. And this Day the Reverend Josiah Johnson, Master of the Grammar School in the College, was chosen Rector of Bruton Parish, by a Majority of the Vestry.

Virginia Gazette (Purdie & Dixon) July 30, 1772

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Rev. Camm was a professor of divinity at William and Mary and acting President of the College when he was elected President. It was during his tenure that the first Botetourt Medals were awarded to students for academic excellence. He was dismissed from the post in 1777 because of his loyalist sympathies. Rev. Josiah Johnson remained in these offices until his death less than a year later.

Sources: DVB, VG, 4/8/1773 (Johnson)

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