Russell H. Conwell
Russell H. Conwell was an attorney, journalist, and Baptist minister who assumed the pastorate of Grace Baptist Church in North Philadelphia in the early 1880s. Through his leadership the church quickly grew too large for the building it had commissioned at Mervine and Berks Streets. As a result, the congregation voted to purchase a lot a short distance away at Broad and Berks streets and to build what would become known as the Baptist Temple.
Temple University was founded in 1884 by Dr. Russell H. Conwell as an outgrowth of his ministry at the Baptist Temple. Dr. Conwell wanted to make higher education available to all capable and motivated students regardless of their backgrounds and finances. His college began as informal classes for seven people and was first housed in the meeting rooms of his church.
Over 125 years later, having emerged as a major educational enterprise, Temple University continues the Conwell mission. Today, Temple enrolls about 39,000 students, is the 27th largest university in the United States and is one of the nation's leading centers of professional education (law, dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, and podiatric medicine).
Temple Law is proud of its Conwellian heritage, and remains committed to providing access to a world class legal education regardless of means or family background.