“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Charlottesville in Albemarle County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

William Holding Echols


—1859–1934 —

William Holding Echols Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 15, 2008
1. William Holding Echols Marker
Inscription. William Holding Echols (1859–1934), Professor of Mathematics, lived in this pavilion. By precept and example, he taught many generations of students with ruthless insistence that the supreme values are self respect, integrity of mind, contempt of fear and hatred of sham. The Eli Banana Order, by this tablet, honours Reddy Echols and his unique place in the history of the Order.
Erected 1949 by the Eli Banana Order Dedicated on May 21st..
Location. 38° 2.063′ N, 78° 30.231′ W. Marker is in Charlottesville, Virginia, in Albemarle County. Marker can be reached from the East Lawn. Touch for map. Marker is at the University of Virginia. Marker is at or near this postal address: No. 34 East Lawn, Charlottesville VA 22904, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Kappa Sigma Fraternity (a few steps from this marker); Edgar Allan Poe (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Thomas Jefferson Monument (about 600 feet away); Henry Martin (about 700 feet away); James Monroe’s First Farm (about 700 feet away); University of Virginia
William Holding Echols Marker at Pavilion VIII image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 15, 2008
2. William Holding Echols Marker at Pavilion VIII
Marker can be seen to the left of the leftmost window.
(approx. 0.2 miles away); History Underfoot (approx. 0.2 miles away); Shadow Catcher (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charlottesville.
Also see . . .
1. William Holding Echols. Wikipedia entry. “On October 27, 1895, a fire started in the Rotunda Annex on the UVA grounds. Echols, in a dramatic attempt to save the Rotunda, attempted to use dynamite to destroy the roofed portico that connected the Annex and the Rotunda and keep the fire from spreading to the historic building. Unfortunately, despite his attempt to hurl 50 pounds of dynamite to the portico from atop the Rotunda dome, the portico held, the fire spread more rapidly than before, and the Rotunda was gutted by the blaze.” (Submitted on July 4, 2008.) 

2. The Eli Banana Ribbon Society. “While initially successful in dominating various student organizations, including the Jefferson Society, the Football Board, and the social scene, the organization took on a more lax tone over the succeeding years and became most famous for its ‘bacchanalian’ Easter parades with which the elections of new members were marked. The early period of the [secret] society was ultimately marked with its
William Holding Echols image. Click for full size.
Wilipedia Collection
3. William Holding Echols
censure by the faculty in 1894, when the faculty demanded that the members sever their ties with the organization in writing and pledge not to rejoin, or forfeit their diplomas.” It was reconstituted in 1897 and is an active and more sedate society today. (Submitted on July 4, 2008.) 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 4, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,302 times since then and 64 times this year. Last updated on January 17, 2013, by Eric Daniel Restenberger of Charlottesville, Virginia. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 4, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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