Poet Emily Dickinson’s grandfather helped found this college.
Amherst College. Dickinson was one of the founders of Amherst Academy, founded in 1814, and a staunch and early supporter of its transformation by 1821 into Amherst College.
HistoryNet.com is brought to you by World History Group, the world's largest publisher of history magazines. HistoryNet.com contains daily features, photo galleries and over 5,000 articles originally published in our various magazines.