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Tenleytown in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

John Fletcher Hurst

 
 
John Fletcher Hurst Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, May 27, 2018
1. John Fletcher Hurst Marker
Inscription.
"It is highly proper that our group of noble edifices should begin with the College of History. This science takes the first place...in the development of a great educational scheme—a modern, a complete, and an American University."

(Hurst's address at the laying of the cornerstone of the university's first building, the College of History, on October 21, 1896.)


John Fletcher Hurst (1834-1903) recognized the need for a strong national Methodist university while resident Methodist Bishop of Washington. He gathered support for the project and funds to purchase property on Loughborough Road as the site for The American University. While he primarily envisioned a Methodist university, Hurst also wanted to create a graduate institution to further the education of all, regardless of race, gender, or religious conviction. The Board of Trustees unanimously elected Bishop Hurst as the first Chancellor in 1891. In honor of his efforts to establish The American University, its first building was renamed for him on June 3, 1925.
 
Erected 1993 by American University.
 
Location. 38° 56.217′ N, 77° 5.264′ W. Marker is in Tenleytown, District of Columbia, in Washington
John Fletcher Hurst Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, May 27, 2018
2. John Fletcher Hurst Marker
. Marker can be reached from Nebraska Avenue NW north of New Mexico Avenue NW, on the right. Touch for map. On the grounds of American University on the side of the Hurst Building that faces the quad. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4400 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC 20016, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. U.S. Navy Bomb Disposal School (here, next to this marker); Battelle Memorial Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Korean Cherry Trees (within shouting distance of this marker); Jeju Dolhareubang (within shouting distance of this marker); School of International Service (within shouting distance of this marker); Mary Eliza Graydon (within shouting distance of this marker); American University September 11 Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); World War II Memorial (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tenleytown.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on May 30, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 27, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 45 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 27, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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