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Who Was Law?


John Weber

Marion Law

Law Memorial Hall was the unlikely gift of Marion Law, a Mount Vernonite who attended Cornell for two years and became a minister on the East Coast. Law was the youngest of seven children in a family of modest means. His parents moved to Mount Vernon because of a new Methodist-affiliated college and preparatory school they hoped their children could attend. Walking the campus as a preparatory student in 1885, Law dreamed of erecting a building honoring a mother and father who had sacrificed so much that their children might have the advantages of a college education.

Forty years passed before his dream could be realized. In his last years in the ministry a parishioner left him a large sum of money. He gave $75,000 to finance Law Memorial Hall of Geology and Biology and the college raised another $40,000 to build a wing for physics. The building was given in honor of his parents, Abram and Sarah Law, and in appreciation of his former Greek professor, William Harmon Norton, who by then taught geology.


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