1861

Rensselaer Institute is officially renamed Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Additional requirements for the civil engineering degree extends the course to four years.

 
 

1862

The Great Troy Fire destroys the Infant School Property.

 
 

1864

The Main Building is completed on 8th St.
Theta Xi is founded at R.P.I. on April 29th.

 
 

1865

John F. Winslow becomes president.
The Transit, a student yearbook, is published by the junior class.

 
 

1866

First Grand Marshal is selected by the student body.
Winslow Chemical Laboratory is completed.

 
 

1868

Thomas Brinsmade serves briefly as president.
James Forsyth is appointed president.

 
 

1869

The Rensselaer Association of Graduates is established.
The Polytechnic, a student newspaper, is published during the fall semester.

 
 

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