"The distinguished professor emeritus Edward Potts Cheyney has written a history of his alma mater that commands attention. His account is . . . based on the official documents, supported by the researches of colleagues and friends, and illuminated by an affectionate understanding that springs from sixty years of personal knowledge and participation."—Pennsylvania Magazine of History and BiographyFollowing his retirement from teaching in 1934, Edward Potts Cheyney was invited by the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania to write a history of the University in celebration of its bicentennial. Cheyney completed the project, published as the present work, in 1940. This, then, is his history of the University of Pennsylvania from its founding to its bicentennial anniversary.
Edward Potts Cheyney, a historian of European history, was born on January 17, 1861 in Wallingford, Pennsylvania. He was first educated at country schools, then at the Penn Charter School in Philadelphia, and eventually at the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated with a B.A. degree in 1883. After a brief sojourn in Europe, he returned to enter the University's newly founded Wharton School of Finance, from which he received a bachelor's degree in finance in 1884. In 1929 he was appointed Henry Charles Lea Professor of History and subsequently, in 1934, assumed a position as curator of the Henry Charles Lea Library at the University.