Founders Day commemorates the university’s founding in 1853. It was the action of state senator Wayman Crow, who secured the charter establishing the university, and the educational vision of William Greenleaf Eliot that brought the new school into being. Its purpose: to educate the youth of St. Louis. On February 22, 1853—George Washington’s birthday—Missouri Governor Sterling Price signed Crow’s charter into law, establishing Eliot Seminary. Founders Day has always served as an important occasion to reflect upon the university’s progress, as well as its history. In honoring distinguished alumni, outstanding faculty and its most treasured friends, Washington University recognizes the many people who have contributed to the university’s past success and its bright future.