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Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2013 11:00 am

Tod Hamilton spoke to the members of Saguaro Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution, at their regular meeting on April 13.

Hamilton, whose real name is Stoddard Calvin Hamilton III, spoke about the history of Stoddard Hall at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, which was named after his ancestor, Orange Nash Stoddard.

Hamilton reported that Stoddard Hall was constructed in 1836.

Through the years, it has undergone several major renovations and expansions. Today, the hall boasts of being the oldest existing college dormitory in the United States.

Professor Stoddard was a scientist, naturalist and an able administrator. He taught natural science at the university.

Stoddard made an arduous trip west through the desert, cataloging flora, fauna and minerals. In 1854, he was named acting president of the school.

He moved to the College of Wooster in Ohio in 1870. Stoddard died in 1892 at the age of 80, while serving as professor emeritus.

The Sons of the American Revolution is the leading male lineage society that perpetuates the ideals of the War for Independence. If you have an ancestor who supported the cause of American independence during the years 1774 through 1783, you are invited to join the SAR.

The Saguaro Chapter is an active group which serves Surprise, the Sun Cities, and all West Valley communities. The group meets the second Saturday of each month from October through May. For information, contact Jan Huber at 623-975-4805.

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