Collection on the Truman Bishop Ransom Family, 1847-2001 (1 Box)
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About Truman Bishop Ransom, President of Norwich University, 1845-1847, and family
Truman Ransom graduated with the Norwich University class of 1825. He served as president from 1845 to 1847 at which time he enlisted in the 9th U.S. Regulars to perform service in the Mexican War. A lieutenant colonel by April 1847, Truman Ransom was killed at the Battle of Chapultepec on 13 September 1847. He married Margaretta Morrison Greenfield in 1830 and the couple had seven children: Dunbar Richard (1831-1897), Thomas Edwin Greenfield (1834-1864), Mary Rozella (1837-1843), George Richard (1839-1845), Frederick Eugene (b.1841), Mary Rozella (named for a sister who predeceased her, born and died in 1843), and Catherine Harriet (b.1846).
Three of Truman Ransom’s children attended Norwich: Dunbar, Thomas, and Frederick. Truman Ransom’s oldest son, Dunbar Ransom (1831-1897), graduated with the Norwich University class of 1851, as did his younger brother, Thomas Edwin Greenfield Ransom (1834-1864). Dunbar Ransom entered Norwich in 1846; left to enter West Point in June 1847; and remained a student at West Point until September 1850, when he resigned and returned to Norwich. He died in Fort Worth, Texas, on 11 July 1897. Thomas Ransom was Truman Ransom’s second son and died in service during the Civil War in 1864. Thomas Ransom was born in Norwich, VT, on 29 November 1834. After his graduation from Norwich, he worked as an engineer in Peru, Illinois, and for the Illinois Central Railroad in Farina, Fayette County, Illinois until the Civil War. Frederick Ransom, Truman Ransom’s fourth son, graduated with the Norwich University class of 1868. Before attending Norwich, he went to Farina, Fayette County, Illinois with his brother, Thomas, in 1858; served in the Civil War; and was a prisoner of war from 15 February 1862 to 17 October 1862, when he was paroled. Frederick Ransom entered Norwich University in 1865 and remained until the South Barracks burned in March 1866. He later worked for the Union Pacific Railroad.
About the Collection
The collection is rich in biographical information on the Ransom family. It includes the military service of Truman Ransom and three of his sons, Dunbar, Thomas and Frederick. More detailed information on the collection, as well as on the sons of Truman Ransom, can be found in the content listing below.
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