Education: Second Youngest at Third Oldest

On the campus of St. John's College, Annapolis, stands a tulip poplar which some say is 600 years old. In its shade the white colonists made a treaty in 1652 with the Susquehannock Indians. Alumnus Francis Scott Key ("The Star-Spangled Banner") grew nostalgic beneath it in 1806 when he was trying to raise money for St. John's. Here in 1824 the old, fat, crippled Marquis de Lafayette reviewed local troops. Under this venerable poplar are held St. John's commencements every June. Last week it was the scene of the inauguration of St. John's...

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