Charles Benedict Calvert
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Photograph by Matthew Brady, LIbrary of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, LC-DIG-cwpbh-03464

Charles Benedict Calvert (1808-1864) served as acting president of the Maryland Agricultural College in late 1859 and 1860.

Calvert, founder of the Maryland Agricultural College, President of the Board of Trustees, and well-known philanthropist, planter and congressman, served as acting president following Hallowell's resignation.

Enrollment increased under his brief administration, from 35 to 63 students. He established a non-credit preparatory program for applicants who could not meet the college's academic requirements.

He also hired a prominent Washington scientist, Townend Glover, as professor of botany and entomology.

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