A calling to do good

The phrase “to do the greatest good” is taken directly from handwritten notes in Ezra Cornell’s cyphering book. These words guided Ezra’s defense of the Cornell University bill as it faced fierce opposition in the New York State Legislature in 1865. They conveyed his desire to do the greatest possible good for the state of New York and for all of humanity.

Today, these words represent our collective calling to make Cornell and the world better for future generations.

Origin story: Part I

Origin story: A legacy of doing good


Origin story: Part II

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A call to do the greatest possible good

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