Lexington, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Washington and Lee University
Erected 1936 by Conservation and Development Commission. (Marker Number I-8.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Education. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #01 George Washington, and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1749.
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 Christopher James Coffland '88 (within shouting distance of this marker); David Rohrer Herr, Jr. '84 (within shouting distance of this marker); World War I Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); William Graham (within shouting distance of this marker); Korean and Vietnam Wars Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); 9/11 Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker). 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
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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