- Bruce Leslie
Alden, Joseph (04 January 1807–30 August 1885), president of Jefferson College and of the New York State Normal School at Albany, was born in Cairo, New York, the son of Eliab Alden, an educator who helped shape New York State’s normal school system (forerunner of the State University of New York), and Mary Hathaway. Alden began teaching at age fourteen before enrolling at Brown College in 1825. He transferred to Union College and graduated in 1828. He spent the next four years in Princeton, New Jersey, first as a student at Princeton Theological Seminary, from which he received a doctor of divinity degree, and then as a tutor at the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University)....