1963 5¢ Science
March 21, 1826

Rensselaer Polytechnic Incorporated

On March 21, 1826, the Rensselaer School was incorporated in Troy, New York.  Later named the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, it’s considered the oldest continuously operating technological college in America and the English-speaking world.

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2018 50¢ Mr. Rogers
March 20, 1928

Happy Birthday, Mr. Rogers

Fred McFeely Rogers was born on March 20, 1928, in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Hosting Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood for over 30 years, he helped transform children’s television.

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1948 3¢ George Washington Carver
January 5, 1943

Death of George Washington Carver 

Botanist and inventor George Washington Carver died on January 5, 1943, in Tuskegee, Alabama. Carver worked to help poor Southern farmers and is most famous for developing more than 300 uses for peanuts, earning the nickname, “Peanut Man.”

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1969 6¢ The Dartmouth College Case
December 13, 1769

Founding of Dartmouth College 

On December 13, 1769, Dartmouth College received its charter.  It was the ninth and final college established in America under colonial rule and has become one of the country’s most prestigious universities.

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1940 5¢ Frances Elizabeth Willard Famous Americans Series – Educators
September 28, 1839

Birth of Frances Willard

Frances Elizabeth Caroline Willard was born on September 28, 1839, in Churchville, New York. She was a leading figure in the temperance and women’s suffrage movements in the late 1800s, though she wouldn’t live to see the passage of the 18th and 19th Amendments that achieved her goals.

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2011 44¢ Severo Ochoa
September 24, 1905

Birth of Severo Ochoa

Severo Ochoa de Albornoz was born on September 24, 1905, in Luarca, Spain. Ochoa researched how cells build proteins like RNA, which earned him the Nobel Prize in 1956.

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1984 30¢ Great Americans: Frank C. Laubach
September 2, 1884

Happy Birthday Frank Laubach 

Missionary Frank Charles Laubach was born on September 2, 1884, in Benton, Pennsylvania.  He dedicated his life to teaching people around the world to read, visiting more than 100 countries and developing books for 312 different languages.

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1955 3¢ Land Grant Colleges
July 2, 1862

The Morrill Act

On July 2, 1862, the Morrill Act was signed into law, promoting a new direction for American education. The act encouraged the creation of land-grant colleges that offered study in agriculture, science, and engineering.

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1955 3¢ Pennsylvania Academy First Day Cover
December 26, 1805

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts 

On December 26, 1805, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts was founded – the first and oldest art museum and art school in the country.  The Academy was the brainchild of artist Charles Willson Peale, sculptor Benjamin Rush, and other artists and businessmen.

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