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Rutersville in Fayette County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Rutersville

 
 
Rutersville Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Gregory Walker, September 17, 2011
1. Rutersville Marker
Inscription.  Founded in 1838 upon the recommendation of Dr. Martin Ruter (1785-1838), as a site for an institution of higher learning. Named in honor of Dr. Ruter, a pioneer Methodist missionary who entered Texas on Nov. 21, 1837, and weakened by his travels, died on May 16, 1838. Later in the year of his death, a company of ten Methodists bought a tract of land, platted the townsite, and began to build Rutersville.

In 1840, Rutersville College was chartered by the fourth Congress of the Republic of Texas as the Republic's first Protestant college. The legislation specified the school should not be exclusively for the benefit of Methodists, and it was patronized by families of various faiths. Rutersville students were noted for their loyalty to neighbors, sometimes spending days away from class, pursuing Indians.

The Rev. Chauncey Richardson, A.M. (1802-1852), whose grave is nearby, was first president of the college. The campus was half a mile southeast of this marker.

After the Civil War ended in 1865, the original inhabitants of Rutersville sold their property. It was later purchased by German immigrants, whose descendants
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Erected 1972 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 4395.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1838.
 
Location. 29° 56.808′ N, 96° 47.959′ W. Marker is in Rutersville, Texas, in Fayette County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 159 and Old College Road, on the right when traveling north on State Highway 159. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: La Grange TX 78945, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Asa Hill of Rutersville (here, next to this marker); Rutersville College (approx. 0.3 miles away); Site of First Methodist Annual Conference in Texas (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Rutersville College (approx. 0.4 miles away); Oldenburg (approx. 2.8 miles away); Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1867 (approx. 4.8 miles away); James Seaton Lester (approx. 4.9 miles away); Fayette County, C.S.A. (approx. 4.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rutersville.
 
Also see . . .
1. Rutersville article in Handbook of Texas. (Submitted on February 3, 2014, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas.)
2. Rutersville College article in Handbook of Texas.
Rutersville Marker Location image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Gregory Walker, September 17, 2011
2. Rutersville Marker Location
(Submitted on February 3, 2014, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on February 3, 2014, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. This page has been viewed 545 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 3, 2014, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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