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William Henry Ruffner

 
 
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By Kathy Walker, October 19, 2009
1. William Henry Ruffner Marker
Inscription. William Henry Ruffner, educational reformer, clergyman, and geologist, was born in Lexington on 11 Feb. 1824. After pursuing careers as a preacher and a geological surveyor, he was appointed in 1870 as Virginia's first superintendent of public instruction by the General Assembly. During Ruffner's tenure, he developed Virginia's free public school system. Resigning from his position in 1882, Ruffner returned to geological surveying and farming before becoming the president of the State Female Normal School, now Longwood College, in 1884. Ruffner retired in 1887 and died in 1908 in Asheville, North Carolina. Nearby stood his house Tribrook.
 
Erected 2000 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number A 42.)
 
Location. 37° 46.181′ N, 79° 26.829′ W. Marker is in Lexington, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of North Lee Highway (U.S. 11) and South Main Street (Business U.S. 11), on the right when traveling south on North Lee Highway. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lexington VA 24450, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Original African American Cemetery (approx. mile away); The Fame of Stonewall Jackson
William Henry Ruffner Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kathy Walker, October 19, 2009
2. William Henry Ruffner Marker
(approx. 0.8 miles away); Lot One-Lexington (approx. one mile away); The Sloan House, ca. 1844-45 (approx. 1.1 miles away); Campbell House, ca. 1845 (approx. 1.1 miles away); Lexington (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Alexander-Withrow House, ca. 1793 (approx. 1.1 miles away); Lt. Gen. Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson 1824-1863 (approx. 1.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lexington.
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kathy Walker of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 767 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Kathy Walker of Stafford, Virginia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Historical photographs of Tribrook. • Can you help?
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