James Madison Porter came to Easton in 1818 when he took the position of Deputy Attorney General of Northampton County. He was the moving force in founding the college and also taught there for fifteen years. He named the college in honor of General Lafayette.

James Madison Porter. © Preston K. Hindmarch

James Madison Porter. © Preston K. Hindmarch

 

Aaron Hoff was a member of the first class at Lafayette and the first African American. He also blew the bugle that announced classes before the practice was replaced with a bell. To mark the 100th anniversary of his death, students from the College raised funds to place a monument on his grave.

Aaron Hoff, Lafayette

Aaron Hoff. © Preston K. Hindmarch

 

James Coffin was an educator, mathematician and meteorologist. His tenure at Lafayette began in 1846 when he taught mathematics, natural philosophy and astronomy. He is best known for his collaboration with the then newly-established Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D. C

James Henry Coffin. © Preston K. Hindmarch

James Henry Coffin. © Preston K. Hindmarch

 

William Cassady Cattell came to Lafayette in 1855 as Professor of Ancient Languages (Latin and Greek.) Later he was elected to the Board of Trustees and in 1863 served as President of the college, a position he held for twenty years.

William Cattell © Preston K. Hindmarch

William Cattell © Preston K. Hindmarch

 

George Barclay was best known for inventing the first American football helmet in 1894. He played football at Lafayette and was concerned about protecting his ears. The special headgear consisted of three leather straps.

George Barclay

George Barclay © Preston Hindmarch