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James C. Furman Classroom Building

Erected 1955

 
 
James C. Furman Classroom Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, April 25, 2009
1. James C. Furman Classroom Building Marker
Inscription.
In Memory of
James Clement Furman, D.D.
1809-1891
President 1859-1879
Professor 1844-1881
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At a crisis in 1868
Furman was admonished to abandon the institution.
His reply was:
"I will nail my colors to the
mast of the old ship, and if she
goes down I will go with her."

 
Location. 34° 55.483′ N, 82° 26.2′ W. Marker is in Greenville, South Carolina, in Greenville County. Click for map. Marker is located on the east side of the building, on the campus of Furman University. Marker is in this post office area: Greenville SC 29617, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Furman Class of '05 September 11 Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Alester G. Furman, Jr. Administration Building (within shouting distance of this marker); John E. Jones Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); John E. Jones '47 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Alester Garden Furman, Jr. (about 300 feet away); The Earle Infirmary (about 400 feet away); Elizabeth Lyles Blackwell Fountain
James Clement Furman<br>(1809-1981) image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott
2. James Clement Furman
(1809-1981)
(about 400 feet away); Beatrice Dennis Plyler Fountain (about 500 feet away); Minor Herndon Mickel Square (about 500 feet away); Milford Mall (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Greenville.
 
Also see . . .  Furman University. Official website of Furman University. (Submitted on May 14, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. About James Clement Furman
Born in Charleston, James Furmanís 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 schoolís 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,
James C. Furman Classroom Building image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, April 25, 2009
3. James C. Furman Classroom Building
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.)
    — Submitted May 14, 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 Womenís College instead. Initial efforts to reopen the school after the warís conclusion were unsuccessful, but Furman was quoted as
James C. Furman Classroom Building image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, April 25, 2009
4. James C. Furman Classroom Building
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 May 14, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.

 
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James C. Furman Classroom Building - South Wing image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, April 25, 2009
5. James C. Furman Classroom Building - South Wing
Furman University Plot -<br>Springwood Cemetery, Greenville SC image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, May 9, 2009
6. 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 image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, May 9, 2009
7. 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.
 
 
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