Cyrus Hamlin, an American missionary, founded the Bebek Seminary, outside Constantinople, in 1840, laying the first foundations of what later became Anatolia College. For twenty years his seminary also welcomed students who wanted to study English or other subjects traditionally taught in America’s high schools. In the 1860s this school was split into two. The part that remained in Bebek grew to become Robert College, then and now one of the most famous schools in Turkey. The other part, moved to Merzifon, Asia Minor, led by Charles Tracy, the first President of Anatolia College.

Metropolitan Gennadios of Thessaloniki
Charles Tracy

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