Introduction

Automaker H.H. Franklin endows Franklin Chair in Transportation

Automaker H.H. Franklin endows Franklin Chair in Transportation

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Automaker H.H. Franklin endows Franklin Chair in Transportation

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The business community had supported Wharton from the project’s outset. A resolution by the Syracuse Chamber of Commerce applauded the University for "service rendered to the community in establishing the new School for training men and women in the principles and practice of modern business and commerce."

The Chamber and the Syracuse Journal established scholarships. Local professional organizations in advertising, banking, insurance, and real estate provided support, as did numerous financial, industrial, and mercantile institutions.

One of the earliest endowed transportation programs in the nation was made by noted entrepreneur and founder of the Franklin car H.H. Franklin. Its first occupant was Professor Charles L. Raper, former dean of the Graduate School of the University of North Carolina.

Bill Conallen