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John James Tigert

1882 - 1965

— University of Florida —

 
 
John James Tigert Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, May 24, 2020
1. John James Tigert Marker
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Dr. Tigert, the third president of the University of Florida, was a native of Nashville. He was Tennessee’s first Rhodes Scholar, graduating from Vanderbilt University, the institution founded by his grandfather. He was serving as U.S. Commissioner of Education when he was named president of the University of Florida in 1928. He retired in 1947. During his presidency, enrollment increased from approximately 1,800 to 7,500, and several new schools and colleges were established. Tigert, a star athlete himself, organized the Southeastern Athletic Conference and twice served as president. As UF president-emeritus, Tigert served as education consultant to the government of India and as a professor at the University of Miami. Tigert Hall was named in his honor in 1960, and the University’s first Alumni Chair of Distinction recognized his academic attainments.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationSports.
 
Location. 29° 38.965′ N, 82° 20.405′ W. Marker is in Gainesville, Florida, in Alachua County. Marker is
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at the intersection of SW 13th Street and SW 3rd Avenue, on the left when traveling east on SW 13th Street. The marker is located on the southwest area of the University of Florida Campus. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 SW 13th Street, Gainesville FL 32611, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Marshall M. Criser (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Walker Hall (about 500 feet away); Mechanic Arts (about 600 feet away); Bryan Hall (about 600 feet away); Integration Pioneers (about 700 feet away); Grinter Hall (about 700 feet away); Peabody Hall (about 800 feet away); Latin American Studies (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gainesville.
 
John James Tigert Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, May 24, 2020
2. John James Tigert Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 9, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 4, 2020, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 151 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 4, 2020, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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