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Central East Austin in Travis County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Stuart Female Seminary

Stuart Female Seminary Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith Peterson, August 26, 2007
1. Stuart Female Seminary Marker

After 23 years as principal of Live Oak Female Seminary, Washington County, Rebecca K. Stuart Red (1826-1886) founded her own school in 1875. Her husband, G.C. Red, M.D., had a two-story stone dormitory – academic building erected on this site, and the Stuart Female Seminary opened formally in January 1876.

Ashbel Smith, M.D. (past board member, United States Military Academy), was first president of the board of trustees. His successor (1886) was D.F. Stuart, M.D., brother of Mrs. Red. Board members included another brother, R.C. Stuart, State Legislator J.N.P. Cramer, Judge Z.T. Fulmore, the Rev. Josephus Johnson, and the Rev. J.W. Miller. On faculty were Dr. G.C. Red and the Red children, William, Clark, Lel, and Harriet (Mrs. S.W. McJunkin); also Miss Janet Downie, and Mmes. Fannie Speed Davies, Anna Ritz, and Margaret Stiles.

In 1886, at the death of the founder, her daughter “Miss Lel” Red (1859-1946) became principal. In 1889 Miss Red married the Rev. J.M. Purcell, and they continued the school until 1899, when the Red heirs deeded this site to the Presbyterian Synod of Texas. Here in 1902
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the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary began its work. It moved to University of Texas area in 1907, but site has remained in public usage.
Erected 1973 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 15338.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionEducation. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1876.
Location. 30° 15.99′ N, 97° 43.637′ W. Marker is in Austin, Texas, in Travis County. It is in Central East Austin. Marker is at the intersection of East 9th Street and Navasota Street, on the right when traveling west on East 9th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1212 E 9th St, Austin TX 78702, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Winslow Turner (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dr. Gideon Lincecum (about 300 feet away); George Weedon (about 300 feet away); James Wales Jones (about 300 feet away); State Cemetery of Texas (about 300 feet away); James Loraine Dallas (about 300 feet away); Thomas Pliney Plaster (about 300 feet away); Robert Potter (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Austin.
Stuart Female Seminary image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith Peterson, August 26, 2007
2. Stuart Female Seminary
Credits. This page was last revised on February 1, 2023. It was originally submitted on January 18, 2010, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. This page has been viewed 875 times since then and 55 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 18, 2010, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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