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Crampton Hall is the oldest building in continuous use as a college residence in the state of Illinois. Construction began in 1873 and was completed the following year. Its earliest residents included 1881 graduate William Jennings Bryan, three time presidential candidate. It currently houses 60 men. At times, Crampton Hall supplied space for science labs as well as a small gymnasium. Women resided in the building during the 1940s. The residence hall is named for Rufus C. Crampton, long-time professor of mathematics and astronomy who also served as the college's acting president from 1876-1882. Professor Crampton led a group of volunteers from Illinois College who served in the Union Army during the Civil War.