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Furman University

 
 
Furman University Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott, December 7, 2008
1. Furman University Marker
Inscription.
This plaque commemorates the 50th anniversary of Furman University's relocation from this site to the current campus north of Greenville on Poinsett Highway. From 1851 to 1958, Furman University was located atop this bluff above the Reedy River Falls, and the Greenville Woman's College was located a mile away on College Street at the current site of Heritage Green. The all-male university and the woman's college was separate institutions until they were coordinated during the Great Depression, and for twenty-five years students and faculty commuted between the two campuses. In 1958, the men moved to the new campus, and, in 1961, the women joined them to create a fully coeducational university.

Timeline of Furman Campuses
• Furman Academy and Theological Institution, Edgefield, SC 1827-1828
• Furman Theological Institution, High Hills of the Santee, Sumter County, SC 1829-1824
• The Furman Institute, Winnsboro, SC 1837-1850
• Furman University, West End, Greenville, SC 1851-1958
• Greenville Woman's College (later the Women's College of Furman University) 1854-1961
• Furman University, Poinsett Highway, Greenville 1958-present
 
Erected 2008.
 
Location. 34° 50.617′ N, 82° 
Furman University Marker - Timeline of Furman Campuses Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott, December 7, 2008
2. Furman University Marker - Timeline of Furman Campuses
24.083′ W. Marker is in Greenville, South Carolina, in Greenville County. Marker is on Furman College Way. Click for map. Marker is located at the intersection of Furman College Way and the main walking path of Falls Park. Marker is in this post office area: Greenville SC 29605, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Furman University (within shouting distance of this marker); Restoration and Development (within shouting distance of this marker); The Cherokees (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Mill Ruins (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Greenville Arboretum (about 300 feet away); Reedy River Falls (about 300 feet away); Mill Village (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Furman University (about 300 feet away); Vardry Mill (about 400 feet away); Liberty Bridge (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Greenville.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Other markers documenting Furman University's history.
 
Also see . . .
1. Furman University. Official website of Furman University. (Submitted on December 20, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

2. Furman University. Furman University is a private,
Furman University Seal - Detail Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott, December 7, 2008
3. Furman University Seal - Detail
coeducational, non-sectarian university in Greenville, South Carolina, United States. (Submitted on December 20, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. About James Clement Furman
Born in Charleston, James Furman’s legacy is the service and devotion he gave to his namesake university, which is actually named for his father, Dr. Richard Furman, a Baptist minister and denominational leader. The junior Furman began his tenure as a member of the Furman University faculty while it was still located north of Columbia in Fairfield. He would, working with members of the school’s board of trustees, campaign over the next six years to persuade the state Baptist Convention to move the school to Greenville, where it eventually opened in 1851 in McBee Hall. He would go on to become chairman of the faculty and later president of the university.

Furman, an ardent states’ rights supporter, was heavily involved in politics, as well. In 1860, he secured an appointment as one of the Greenville delegates to attend the Secession Convention, a meeting that would eventually lead South Carolina to become the first Southern state to secede from the Union. On December 20, 1860, Furman was one of the signers of the Ordinance
Greenville Woman's College Seal - Detail Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott, December 7, 2008
4. Greenville Woman's College Seal - Detail
of Secession. (Source: G: The Magazine of Greenville, Jan/Feb 09 pg 70.)
    — Submitted April 13, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.

2. James Clement Furman: History in Brief
At a Glance James Furman became an influential political figure in the community and a leader at Furman University, a school that his father, Dr. Richard Furman, worked to found.

Claim to Fame Furman is best known for his efforts to have Furman University moved from Fairfield, South Carolina, to Greenville in 1851, where it opened in McBee Hall on the corner of Main Street and McBee Avenue. He was chairman of the faculty before later becoming president.

Did You Know? Furman University closed during the Civil War, so Furman became president of the Greenville Women’s College instead. Initial efforts to reopen the school after the war’s conclusion were unsuccessful, but Furman was quoted as saying, “I have resolved, if the university should go down, to sink with it.”

An Impressive Eulogy At an 1870 commemoration of the death of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, Furman was a featured speaker. (Source: G: The Magazine of Greenville, Jan/Feb 09, pg 70.)
    — Submitted
Furman University Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott, December 7, 2008
5. Furman University Marker
April 13, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.

 
Categories. EducationNotable Buildings
 
Furman University Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott, December 7, 2008
6. Furman University Marker
Furman University Photo, Click for full size
Special Collections, South Carolina Library, USC Columbia
7. Furman University
Furman Campus was designed by Edward C. Jones of Charleston. The Italian-style bell tower was rung each time there was a southern victory during the Civil War. The campus was demolished in 1961 but the bell tower was recreated on Furman's current campus. It now chimes each time there is a Furman athletic victory.
Furman University (1854) Photo, Click for full size
Special Collections, Greenville County Library, Greenville, 1901
8. Furman University (1854)
The music building to the left of the bell tower and the right building make up the entire Furman campus. This engraving comes from a 1901 Greenville city directory.
Furman University Plot -<br>Springwood Cemetery, Greenville SC Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott, May 9, 2009
9. Furman University Plot -
Springwood Cemetery, Greenville SC
Furman purchased 84 plots in 1868. Notables buried in the plot are Charles Judson (first professor hired by Furman University when the school moved to Greenville and the 12th President of the Greenville Female College), Mary Camilla Judson (the principal of the female college), James Clement Furman (first President of Furman University), James C. Furman II, M.D., and later Furman presidents Edwin Poteat and Dr. W.J. McGlothlin.
James Clement Furman Tombstone -<br>Springwood Cemetery, Greenville, SC Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott, May 9, 2009
10. James Clement Furman Tombstone -
Springwood Cemetery, Greenville, SC
Rev. James C. Furman, D.D.
1809-1891
A servant of Jesus Christ
The First President of Furman University
For forty six years he labored in
the cause of Christian education.
Walking Path Leading from Marker to Liberty Bridge Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott, December 7, 2008
11. Walking Path Leading from Marker to Liberty Bridge
Garden Club of America Founder's Fund Award Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott, December 7, 2008
12. Garden Club of America Founder's Fund Award
Presented in 1975 to the Reedy River Falls Historic Park and Greenway. Located near the Furman University marker.
 
 
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