Lexington, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Washington and Lee University
Erected 1936 by Conservation and Development Commission. (Marker Number I-8.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Education • Notable Places.
Location. 37° 47.221′ N, 79° 26.495′ W. Marker is in Lexington, Virginia. Marker is on Jefferson St. near Letcher St.. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lexington VA 24450, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Traveller’s Grave (within shouting distance of this marker); General Lee’s Beloved Traveller (within shouting distance of this marker); William Graham (within shouting distance of this marker); Cyrus Hall McCormick (about 400 feet away, John Robinson (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Washington and Lee University (about 400 feet away); Morris House (about 500 feet away); Lee-Jackson House (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lexington.
Regarding Washington and Lee University. Washington and Lee University was founded in 1749. It is a four-year liberal arts college with a well-respected law school. George Washington endowed the school with 100 shares of James River Company stock in 1796. This gift saved the school from closing.
Robert E. Lee became president of the college after the Civil War in 1865. Because of his prestige and influence it became a university of national stature. After his death in 1870 it was renamed in recognition of his devotion and service.
The Lee House (1869) on the Front Campus was designed by General Lee to be the home of the president of the school. The neoclassical front campus of the university was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1961. The Department of the Interior characterized W&L as "one of the most dignified and beautiful college campuses in the nation."
Also see . . .
1. Official History of Washington and Lee University. The ninth oldest institution of higher learning in the nation. (Submitted on October 10, 2008.)
2. Wikipedia entry for Washington and Lee University. a private liberal arts college in Lexington, Virginia. The classical school from which Washington and Lee is descended was established in 1749 as Augusta Academy, about 20 miles north of its present location. After the American Civil War, General Robert E. Lee turned down several financially tantalizing offers of employment that would merely have traded on his name, and instead accepted the post of college president for three reasons. (Submitted on October 9, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
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