Greenville in Greenville County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Established in 1826 in Edgefield as an academy and theological institution, Furman University was charted in 1850 and in 1851 established a campus on the bluff above this spot, where it remained for the next century. Named for Baptist minister Richard Furman, a Revolutionary War patriot, the university's first president was his son, James Clement Furman. Its first two-room frame building, "Old College" was replaced in 1854 by the Richard Furman Classroom Building, known fondly as "Old Main." An example of Italianate Revival architecture, the building's most distinctive feature was its bell tower. Quickly becoming the school's symbol, its bell announced Confederate victories during the Civil War and in later years celebrated "Purple Hurricane" football victories. In 1958, the university moved to a new campus in the shadows of Paris Mountain, five miles north of town. Its former tree shaded grounds and buildings were razed, and Bell Tower shopping center, now County square, took their place.
Location. 34° 50.617′ N, 82° 24.067′ W. Marker is in Greenville, South Carolina, in Greenville County. Marker is on Furman College Way, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Greenville SC 29605, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers Furman University (within shouting distance of this marker); The Cherokees (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Mill Ruins (within shouting distance of this marker); Reedy River Falls (within shouting distance of this marker); Restoration and Development (within shouting distance of this marker); Mill Village (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Furman University (about 300 feet away); Vardry Mill (about 300 feet away); Liberty Bridge (about 300 feet away); River Lodge (about 300 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.
2. Furman University. Furman University is a private, coeducational, non-sectarian university in Greenville, South Carolina, United States.
1. About James Clement Furman
Born in Charleston,
Furman, an ardent statesí 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 of Secession. (Source: G: The Magazine of Greenville, Jan/Feb 09 pg 70.)
2. James Clement Furman: History in Brief
At a Glance James Furman became an influential political figure in the community and
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 Womenís College instead. Initial efforts to reopen the school after the warís 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.)
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