Inauguration of Washington University at
St. Louis, Missouri, 23 April 1857 Programs
Biographical / Historical Note
Washington University in St. Louis was founded by an act of incorporation by means of a legislative charter on February 22, 1853. Devoted to the intellectual and cultural betterment of the St. Louis community, Washington University, first known as Eliot Seminary, was formally opened for classes on April 23, 1857.