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Alfred T. Goshorn, Class of 1854

Civic and Cultural Leader

Frank Fenton

A cultural leader with great executive ability, Alfred T. Goshorn dedicated much of his life to helping his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, flourish and grow. Born there in 1831 on the family homestead, he committed his life, love and talents to the city until his death in 1902.

Goshorn graduated from Marietta College in the Class of 1854 and continued his studies at the Cincinnati Law School, finishing in 1857. He practiced law until the outbreak of the Civil War, when he entered the Union Army and commanded the 137th Ohio Volunteer Infantry as Major. Taking an interest in business after the War, he became proprietor of a paint manufacturing company, and was for two years president of Cincinnati's City Council. Known throughout the city for his excellent business and civic leadership, Goshorn organized several of Cincinnati’s annual Industrial Expositions. Those successes led to his selection as Director General of the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition (1876) to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. His achievements in this endeavor won him many national and international honors, including a knighthood bestowed by Queen Victoria. Goshorn returned home to focus his attention on cultural institutions, most notably the building and furnishing of the Cincinnati Art Museum.

Elected a Trustee of Marietta College in 1871, Goshorn served until his death. He was awarded the degree of Doctorate of Laws in 1877. He gave generously to the College's endowment and a bequest allowed the 1903 construction of the A. T. Goshorn Gymnasium.