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<p>Asa Mahan, former president of Oberlin College, served as Cleveland University's first president. Many of the initial students came from Oberlin College. Unusual for institutions of higher education at this time, Cleveland University was a secular school and was not connected to any religious faith. At the end of its first academic year, the college graduated eight students. Unfortunately for the institution, during the 1852-1853 academic year, turmoil erupted at the college. Mahan resigned after an apparent disagreement with the school's trustees, and a major financial backer died unexpectedly. Following this academic year, the trustees sold Cleveland University's building and land. While the college no longer existed, its brief existence left a lasting impact on Tremont's development.</p>
#Van Tassel, David D., and John J. Grabowski, eds. <em>The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History</em>. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1996.
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