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Dartmouth CPA Led the Way

Black CPA Book.jpgI confess that I am not a regular reader of Accounting Today magazine, but a recent issue described Theresa Hammond’s 2002 book, A White-Collar Profession: African American Certified Public Accountants since 1921, and noted that the first black CPA in the United States was a graduate of the College: John Cromwell ‘06 (that’s the Class of 1906). He had been the top science student in his year, in addition to being elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

We too often hear a harsh narrative about bad olde Dartmouth, and 20-30 years from now today’s students will certainly be regaled with similarly critical comments about their own time in Hanover, but the College has a long, though certainly not unblemished, history of ahead-of-its-time enlightenment in civil rights matters, and we would do well to see ourselves in that tradition, rather than arrogantly believing that in the present era we are breaking with some shameful past.

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Prior to John Cromwell’s 20th reunion in 1926, the Alumni Magazine’s Class of 1906 class notes section mentioned him:

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Cromwell was listed in both the DAM’s 1953 and 1954 editions as having attended his class dinner at the Algonquin Hotel in Boston and having given money to the annual Class of 1906 fund. In 1956 he is lamented as having missed the annual class dinner, but he still contributed money to the College. He attended the class dinner and gave money again in 1957. It would be a fair assumption that he gave money each year to Dartmouth, as more than 70% of alumni did in those days. Of course, Cromwell went to his 55th reunion in Hanover (far left) in 1961:

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Two years prior to Cromwell’s death, his daughter Adelaide, a professor of Sociology at BU, interviewed him for a family history about his time in Hanover (page 166). He noted that when he was a student, tuition at the College was $110/year.

John W. Cromwell Jr. ‘06 died on December 16, 1971, having changed the world in a small but real way.

Addendum: The Prospecting Professor blog has a brief description of John Cromwell ‘06’s life, including a note that Cromwell’s “older sister, was the first African-American alumna of Smith College, and went on to earn a Ph.D. in English from Yale.”


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