Debating Society of Warwick Lyceum – 1869

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“Warwick in History” – In October of 1869 the Warwick Lyceum was organized as a debating society. Grinnell Burt was chairman and D.F. Welling secretary. 

The first debate was on the subject, “Resolved, that the new Constitution as presented by the Constitutional Convention should be adopted by the people at the ensuring state election.”  The lecture room in the basement of the Methodist Episcopal Church was crowded, with both men and women present, although women at the time did not have the right to vote.

Debaters for the affirmative included J.M. Bradner and Grinnell Burt. Those on the negative side were Dr. W.R. Bradner and C.A. Crissey.